Meditation has been proven over and over to be extremely beneficial to your health. Lowering blood pressure, easing chronic pain and anxiety, improving your mood, and boosting your immune system are just a few of the many upsides of meditation. Studies have shown that it can actually change your brain!
However, this deeply peaceful practice can be a struggle for the cluttered, busy mind. There are many ways to help you to focus in the moment and reap the benefits of proper meditation - below we have shared our top 5 ways to the most out of meditation sessions.
Perfect Posture - Avoid slumping and a hunched back at all costs! Keeping your spine upright and your head straight will aid in concentration. A balanced body makes for a balanced mind.
Leave distractions at home - Bringing thoughts of your workplace, school, presentations, and assignments will bog you down. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing that won’t pinch, pull, or distract you in any way. Keeping your mind away from these things will allow you to focus more freely.
Count your breathing - When you find your mind wandering to what you’re going to eat for dinner or when you’re going to call your mom, counting your breaths can bring you back into the moment. If the counting itself becomes a distraction - larger numbers such as “forty-six” or “one-hundred-and-two, simply return to “one”.
Turn your phone off - Besides the obvious chance of getting a phone call, email, or text message during mediation, simply the knowledge that your phone is on creates this compulsive need to check it. Turning your phone completely off (not just on silent) will help to erase this urge from your mind.
Have a positive attitude - Coming into a meditation session with negative thoughts and feelings and expecting to immediately settle into peace is an unrealistic expectation that many of us have. Resolving strong, negative emotions beforehand can help you to focus and get the most out of your session.