After the whirlwind of a year that 2020 has been, we all deserve to relax a little; but we know that’s easier said than done. If you’re looking for a way to wind down and melt away the stress of the day, it might be time to start your own meditation practice.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation, while there are tons of definitions about what it could mean, is simply the act of focusing on one’s mind for a period of time. The act of meditating, either done silently or paired with a chant, offers individuals the time they need to take a breather & heighten their awareness during even the most hectic of days.
You can meditate in bed, on the floor in the living room, or virtually anywhere else. This simple act of sitting up straight and turning your attention within can begin to improve mental, emotional, and even physical health in as little as a few practices.
Why People Meditate
Meditating is a wonderful way to naturally relax, manage stress, and connect to your own version of spirituality. For those who are constantly running around and don’t get a second alone with their thoughts, carving time out of your routine for meditation can help you take time for yourself and reset. It can even help in the fight against depression, chronic body pain, and other mental or physical disorders.
How to Meditate Properly
One of the best things about meditation is that there is no “right” way to do it. It is designed so that each individual can tailor a practice to their own needs. The only requirement when meditating is that you immerse yourself in the moment and put thoughts regarding the past and future behind you.
Another key to successfully meditating is not to focus on the results. If you’re constantly trying to achieve something, you’re not focusing on developing in the present moment. Just shed any expectations for yourself, and you’ll be set to start your practice.
Depending on the person and type of meditation, practices should be done at different frequencies. Some kinds of meditation are best practiced every day, while some are more fluid.
7 Kinds of Meditation
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of meditation so you can begin to experiment and find the right kind (or combination) for you:
- Mindfulness – be fully present in our thoughts, where we are, and what we’re doing — not what’s happening around us
- Transcendental – repeat the same sound or phrase for 20 minutes
- Guided – form mental pictures or situations to relax you
- Breath Awareness – focus on breathing patterns and sounds
- Loving Kindness – repeat mantras to direct well wishes toward others
- Progressive Relaxation – scan down each part of your body to observe how it feels
- Yoga – use the body to physically stay in the moment and avoid distractions
There are even subtypes within each kind of meditation, so feel free to mix them together as you see fit. For example, Mindfulness Meditation and Breath Awareness blend together well to help the individual think about their own body and its actions in the moment.
Finding Your Meditation Practice
Like we said before, there is no right way to meditate. Based on your interests and needs, continue blending different types of meditation until you establish a routine or can develop an understanding of when you need each type of practice.
By committing to meditation, you may begin to notice stress relief almost immediately as long as you focus on staying in the moment. After a wild year, we all deserve to take a breather and find a new form of self care.
To learn about different types of stress management and mental health relief, give us a call at 844-237-5762.