I began meditating about 2 years ago. I started because, at that time, my marriage was ending and with that brought more life changes than I had expected. I was overwhelmed and felt as though I was going to crack under the pressure.
It was very difficult for me at first; my mind would always wander off and I was constantly having to refocus. But I kept at it, and eventually it became second nature, and an absolute necessity.
To help guide me through my first month of delving into meditation, I used the Headspace app. I highly recommend this app for meditation newbies. It’s voice guided and really does help with teaching you how to meditate.
Meditation, in a nutshell, consists of you focusing on your breathing and redirecting your mind back to your breaths if it starts to wander. Meditation is a learned, mindful practice, so don’t expect it to come naturally. The important thing is is to take your time and stick with it.
After a month of meditation every morning, I began to notice an improvement in my ability to deal with stressful situations, and my sleep improved. Overall, I felt more balanced and a sense of calmness. Not to say that it completely cured me of my anxiety, but it certainly helped it tremendously.
By now, it’s pretty much universally known that meditation has many health benefits. It not only improves your mental health, but also your physical health. The mind/body connection is so strong and is undeniable.
If you’re wondering how long you should meditate, well, that’s up to you. For me, 5 minutes is ideal. It’s not too long to the point it feels like a chore but I get all the great benefits of it. Some people require more time, others less. Start off with 5 minutes and if you feel like that’s not beneficial then adjust your time accordingly.
Even if you’re a chill person or not stressed, give meditation a try! There’s still great health benefits in it for you. And if you’ve been on the fence about meditation, I hope this article inspires you to go for it!