With increasingly busy lives, it can be hard to find time to relax. But it’s important to slow down for your overall health. Have you tried meditation? Here, we outline what it is and how it can help you.
What is meditation?
Meditation involves training your mind to focus on the present moment. If your mind is often racing, then it’s likely you’re not present. Instead, you may be thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Meditation can be a simple way to help reduce stress and create a sense of calm.
Meditation vs. mindfulness
While meditation and mindfulness are both about being aware and in the moment, they are different. Meditation is a seated practice. Mindfulness can be, too, but the difference is that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. Also, mindfulness includes the practice of meditation.
How to meditate
Meditation is about clearing your mind and focusing on breathing. A good place to start is trying a guided meditation to learn how to be in the moment. You can also:
- Look for a local meditation class in your area.
- Use an app on your phone
- Find a session online.
Make meditation a habit
Here are a few tips to get your practice started:
- Commit to practicing. A little willpower goes a long way.
- Pick a set time to practice each day. Meditation is easier if it’s part of your routine.
- Choose a meditation spot. An ideal location is one that’s comfortable and where you won’t be distracted easily.
- New York Times