Welcome to Day 2 of #SelfCareFeb! One of the most important things that you can do to practice self care, in my opinion, is to incorporate a meditation practice into your daily life. About two years ago, I got really into meditation. I made it a point to try to meditate for at least 15 minutes a day. As time went on and I learned how to still my mind, I could easily spend 45 minutes to an hour meditating each day because the time passed by so quickly! A few benefits that I experience from meditating daily are:
- Increased Calmness
- Less Stress
- Clearer Mind
- Decreased Anxiety
- More Energy Throughout the Day
I like to meditate in the mornings because I feel that it helps me to start my day off on a positive foot. A lot of people don’t meditate because they “don’t know how,” but I can help with that. I will do a more in-depth post on meditation later, but for now, here are a few resources on how to incorporate meditation into your life.
1. Join a Meditation Challenge: There is currently a “30 Day Meditation Challenge” going on from February 1-28 2015, on the website DoYouYoga. You’ll receive a daily e-mail link to a short meditation video that you can easily fit into your day in the morning, during lunch, or right before bed. Over 10,000 people are registered (including myself) and I love the lessons so far. You can sign up here: 30 Day Meditation Challenge.
2. Listen to Some Meditations: There are tons of guided meditations and meditation soundtracks on YouTube. A guided meditation is basically a pre-recorded meditation that you can listen to, and it will walk you through the meditation process step-by-step. You can do a quick search for meditations and soundtracks that would suit your lifestyle, but here are a few to get you started:
3. Go For a Walk: A walking meditation is my favorite way to meditate. If you have a dog, this would be perfect for you. Just head out for a 10-15 minute walk and instead of thinking through your “to-do list” for the day, take time to notice the trees, the wind, and the beautiful birds around you. Even if you have been living in your neighborhood for years, challenge yourself to notice small details that you may have overlooked before.
Comment Below: Do you meditate? What are some of your favorite resources for meditation (books, websites, videos, etc.). Share below!
#SelfCareFeb continues tomorrow with Day 3: Curl Up With a Good Book.