Tips to Making Meditation Work for You
Many health sources will attest to the great health benefits of meditating daily. The actual act of meditation seems so easy; all you have to do is sit still and allow all of the negativity and stress to drift away. However, when real life gets in the way, it can be hard to squeeze in meditation or to focus on meditation. Here are some simple tips to incorporate ten minutes of meditation daily, while still reaping all of the benefits:
When You Feel Stressed All Day at the Office
The office is a great place to practice a little bit of meditation. However, most people feel stressed in their work space all day long, making it hard to let go of the stressful feelings. Try looking outside a window and breathing deeply. Say, “ahh” silently to help release any stressful feelings. Even just a few minutes of this can help.
When You Have a Hard Time Focusing
When your mind is just too full for meditating, try focusing on your breath. Sit in a comfortable and natural place. Mentally repeat the words, “in” and “out” when you breathe in and out. This will help drown out the other busy noise in your head. If your mind begins to wander, just try to refocus back on your breath.
When You Struggle With a Certain Person
Meditation can help improve your relationships too. We all have difficult people in our lives, and meditation can help us have a better attitude when we approach them. While our meditations won’t actually change the other person, it can change our thought process. When you meditate, breathe deeply and visualize that person in your head. Visualize them as someone who is a radiant being stuck behind a wall. The wall is the annoying issues the person has. Imagine them trying to break out of that wall. Next time you see that person in public, think of them as a good person just trying to become the best person they can be. It might sound silly, but approaching difficult people with a good attitude can improve things greatly.
The purpose of meditation is take several minutes a day to reflect on your internal stresses and thoughts. You don’t have to be into visualization to benefit from meditation. Just taking the time to focus on deep breathing can dramatically decrease your stress and improve your overall mood.