We wanted to give a shoutout to one of the latest episodes of The Dr. Jim Show podcast. Published on May 14th, 2020 this podcast is all about meditation and what it truly is and how the evidence shows it can help you in amazing ways. The podcast is available on Stitcher or you can listen to it online here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-dr-jim-show/e/69641597. In today’s article, we’re going to be acting as a companion piece to this amazing podcast episode and we’re going to talk about meditation and how you can start meditating today in order to help you stay focused, increase mood, and gather your thoughts to be even more ready to face these challenging times. Let’s get started!
Setting The Mood
Since we’re all spending a lot more time at home these days, you’ll want to make sure that your meditation session and environment is set up for success. If you’ve never meditated before, then you’ll want to start simple and start small. You don’t have to completely redesign your spare bedroom or office to turn it into a mini spa-like area before you even start your first meditation session. No, you can just start simple by choosing a quiet room with a comfortable sitting or sleeping area and shut the curtains or blinds and turn off the lights. You don’t have to light an incense burner or candles either, you can just start by getting yourself in an area that will be free from distraction and comfortable to you as you meditate.
Starting A Routine
They say that to start a completely new habit all you need to do is do that activity consistently for two weeks. After that, it just starts to become part of your routine almost without thinking about it. The same goes for meditation. If you practice meditating and want to make it an integral part of your life, then you will need to start small, but be consistent. Make time at the same time every day or every other day so that you can build a rhythm and complete that success cycle of two weeks. Once you’re over that hump, then you’re just about home free!
Keep It Short To Start
Meditating doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your day to be effective. You can literally have a great meditation session in as little as five minutes. The important thing is that you focus on the task at hand and eliminate outside distractions, noise, smartphones, and light. If you can just pour all of your focus and energy into the task of meditation, then your sessions don’t have to even make you deviate from your typical weekly schedule. Keep your first sessions short, don’t overdo it and stay focused. If you start at five minutes for the first week and you hit your goal, then you can move up to ten minutes or more the next week. Stay on track and you can do it!
Don’t Forget To Breathe!
As you meditate, you’ll want to pay close attention to your breaths. Make sure that you are breathing deeply and with purpose and that you aren’t accidentally holding your breath as you are trying to relax your body and mind. One of the key pillars to a good meditation session is proper breath control. Remember: it’s quality, not quantity.
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