5 Tips to a Successful Meditation
Meditation. Just the word itself can be intimidating. Creating a habit out of a meditation practice takes patience and commitment but we promise it will be worth it. Studies have shown that daily meditation can slow down the aging of the brain, decrease blood pressure, provide pain relief and increase neuroplasticity (the brains ability to change based on environmental input). Plus, it is an instant stress relief that can be done anywhere, anytime. Convinced yet? Read on for 5 simple, yet effective, ways to create, start & maintain your meditation practice.
1. Start Small
As you begin your meditation journey, the JS teams recommends starting off small. Your meditation practice can begin with just 5 minutes per day and gradually increase over time. Using guided meditations (we love HeadSpace!) are a wonderful tool for first timers!
2. Start Early
This one can be tough for those who aren't early birds but we have found it can really help shape your practice and your day. Meditating first thing in the morning is the perfect time to clear your head, set an intention and prepare yourself for the day ahead. If early in the morning just isn't your thing, not to worry. Pick a time in the day where maybe you are feeling most overwhelmed and take 1-2 minutes to practice deep breathing and meditation.
3. Create Space
This is one of our favorites (mostly because it allows us to get creative i.e go Pinterest crazy.) Creating a calm, relaxing space for meditation allows you to feel safe, secure and peaceful in your practice. Decorating this space can come in the form of candles, inscents, photos or printed words of wisdom/encouragment. Really, any tidbit that makes you feel good and connects you to your intention is what should accompany you in this space.
4. Combine it with another daily practice
Tacking on your meditation to another daily practice (i.e yoga or brushing your teeth) is an simple way to stay accountable and maintain your practice. Since it is already a part of your routine, adding on meditation can become a seamless way to integrate it into your daily life.
5. Be Patient
Cut yourself some slack! It takes time to build a daily practice and it's ok to mess up and begin again. There is no time frame and no due date. This is your practice, your mind, your meditation. You have the power to create and shape it how you please. Let go & let it be.