Creating new habits isn’t easy and getting into the habit of meditating is no different. Yet, taking the time to establish this habit of daily meditation has so many benefits that carry into all aspects of your life. Are you new to meditating? Check out these 3 steps to begin meditating.
After making meditation a habit, you’ll feel calmer and more collected. You’ll be able to concentrate better, show more patience, and live in the moment. Meditation can even improve sleep, reduce stress and lower your blood pressure!
But how do you make it a habit? Here are 3 tips to help you get cement this practice into part of your daily life.
1. Start off your day the right way
It’s much easier to create a new habit when you make it part of your daily routine. This is why meditating first thing in the morning works so well. Your daily meditation becomes part of what you do to get ready in the morning. Try meditating after you get out of the shower or even before you get out of bed in the morning. Set your alarm to go off 10 minutes earlier and start your day with a short meditation session. Since it is part of an already established routine, it will soon become a habit.
2. Stick To The Same Time And Set An Alert
If including your daily meditation practice into an existing routine isn’t an option, make a new one. It’s helpful to stick to roughly the same time each day when establishing a new habit. In the beginning, you may find it difficult to get into the swing of things so set an alert on your phone to remind you to meditate.
Another helpful tip is to commit to this new meditation habit for 30 days. Check them off on a calendar and do what you can not to miss a day. At the end of the 30 days, you will have started to establish the new habit and sticking to it going forward will be much easier.
3. There’s An App For That
Last but not least, consider using a meditation app. You can find them in the app store for your favourite mobile device and most of them are free to try. The basic version may be just what you need to start establishing the meditation habit. The apps keep things interesting with new guided meditations for each day and let you track your progress. It will also remind you to meditate with an alert on your phone. Give it a try and see if using an app helps you establish a strong meditation habit.
Meditation shouldn’t be a chore or something you dread doing each day. Set aside a few minutes each day to slowly build your meditation practice. Watch how you soon come to look forward to it!