We’ve all heard of the numerous benefits of meditating. It will improve your sleep, your stress, your focus! It will even change the structure of your brain! Doesn’t everyone want to sleep better, to feel more at peace and to be able to focus better at work? Sure! So, why aren’t we meditating? Here are 4 tips to help you actually cultivate a mindfulness meditation practice:
- Set a realistic goal. Instead of attempting to go from never meditating, to meditating an hour each day, try setting a goal to mediate for 5 minutes, once a week. Choose a specific day and time when you know you are available, and set a reminder on your phone so you won’t forget.
- Use resources. Instead of trying to guide yourself through a meditation, get an app to lead you! Having a voice guide you through meditation might help you focus on the present moment more. Want a more communal meditation experience? There are many studios in LA that offer meditation classes.
- You don’t have to sit still. Is it hard for you to be still? Meditate while you wash the dishes or go for a walk. Pick one sense to focus on; sight, smell, sound, taste or touch and continue to bring your attention back to this as your mind tries to wander.
- Remind yourself that there is no wrong way to meditate! You are doing exactly what you need to do! Meditation is not about doing, it’s about being. Notice your judgments and bring yourself back to your focal point.
Wright Institute Los Angeles offers affordable therapy that will support you through the struggles of maintaining consistent, healthy ways to cope and soothe yourself. We know how difficult it can be.