Meditation is something that has become a big part of my daily routine since high school. At first, it was something to try because I was super stressed and needed a different outlet than exercise that truly allowed my brain to slow down. So, after school one day I went to the app store (Apple) and typed in “meditation”. A bunch of different options popped up but I ended up choosing the app “breethe”. The reviews were good and it seemed perfect for a beginner like me.
Flash forward a few weeks and I was using breethe at least three times a week and my mentality was SO much better I can not even begin to explain. I felt like I could mentally handle more and I felt way less on edge than I had before I started meditation.
But for those of you who don’t want to use an app and just want to give it a whirl, here is a few simple steps to follow:
1. Find a spot you're comfortable in. This spot can be anywhere just try to make it a quiet spot that you do not associate with stress. For me, it's my bedroom.
2. Find a few minutes in your day that are free. This could be your lunch hour, a small time frame between work and dinner, or even a few minutes before bed.
3. Now, when you're sitting in that spot simply close your eyes and focus on your breaths. Consciously feel the clean oxygen being inhaled and the carbon dioxide leaving your body with each exhale.
4. After doing that for a few minutes, focus your mind on every part of your body starting at the top of your head. With each exhale, feel that body part loosen and relax. Do this all the way to your toes, and take your time! This exercise's purpose is to calm and relax you.
5. After this, do ten more inhales and exhales, truly focusing on it. Feel yourself sitting in the chair and the air surrounding you. After you have finished those ten breaths, slowly open your eyes and take in your surroundings.
6. Feel how much more calm and loose you are!
It takes 21 days to get into a habit but this habit is 100% worth it!!
As always, thank you for reading :) Laters, and happy meditating!