We get it. Meditation can be intimidating. To some people, it’s a way of life and an essential part of their day. To others, it often feels too floaty or a time investment they’re afraid to fully commit to. The thing is, there’s no right or wrong way to meditate. That’s kind of the beauty of it. It’s fully customizable and should feel right for you. So if you’re thinking about it but were waiting for a sign, consider this it. Here are some mindful tips to unwind, from easing yourself into the wonderful world of meditation to other foolproof ways for slower living.
Take baby steps
Start slow and small. Just taking five minutes every day works better than half an hour once a week. It’s a small investment that delivers maximum results. A habit worthy of being added to your daily routine.
Rise and meditate
There’s no better time than the present and no better moment than the morning. It helps you set the tone for the rest of the day and can help you feel refreshed, regenerated and revitalized. Life will feel a little less rocky when you’ve hit the reset button before going out to face it. Meditating in the morning also means less chance for sloppy excuses in the evening.
Collect your thoughts
Our thoughts are always there. They pop up and sometimes get suppressed to be dealt with at a later time. It’s important to realize that thoughts just arise, they don’t always have to be understood or analyzed. You should spend less time worrying about whatever’s floating in that beautiful mind of yours and more time appreciating your time with them.
Balance your breath
Our breath is like the glue that connects our conscious mind to our subconscious mind. Practicing a better breathing pattern (through the nose) is like mindful therapy without the hefty price tag. Being more mindful about how you inhale and exhale oxygen can help lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. It’s one of the pillars of meditation for good reason.
Adjust your focus
One of the beautiful things of meditation is living in the moment. Collecting your thoughts in the present and becoming more aware of your surroundings can be very relaxing. Your mind will wander and that’s normal. It’s in our nature and an inevitable part of your meditation journey. Every time you notice your thoughts are drifting away, slowly try to bring your focus back to the right place. This is the essence of meditation, set a focus (like your breath), the mind wanders, bring yourself back, the mind wanders, bring yourself back. It’s these steps that will help ease your way into a more mindful version of you.
If you’re just starting out, setting the right mood in the room is as important as the act itself. A few drops of our essential oils spreading throughout the air with the help of our diffuser can help you relax even when you don’t feel like you can. Lavender and Cedarwood are our firm meditation favourites.
What is your calming routine to get back on track? Leave a comment below!