Meditation is an ancient mind practice, that helps its state, reducing stress, anxiety, and any stressful thoughts. This practice leaves you with emotions of happiness and joy, as well as a rested mind. It’s like a breath of fresh air or a glass of fresh smoothie in the morning after a good night of sleep. But this does not make it an easy practice!
My personal experience with meditating has helped me go through the anxiety I was facing when I freshly moved to Southampton. The anxiety became even bigger shortly before the Pandemic began, and meditation helped a lot with all the stress I was experiencing at the time. The virus, university work, being away from my closest friends, and starting to build a new life.
Moreover, it has shown me that it takes time and practice to reach the point where you feel the process easier and more comfortable, rather than getting lost in the practice. So, I will give you a few tips that could make this practice a bit easier for you as a beginner.
First, you must know there are several types of meditation, you might want to try a few and practice these you find most helpful to you. Nevertheless, whichever type of meditation you’ve chosen, these tips would help you with either one of them.
- Your surrounding
As a beginner, you might want to find a more comfortable place for meditation, and that is perfectly fine. Find a good spot, and make it a space for meditation only. Because as a beginner – the surrounding environment is very important! Make that area as comfortable as you can, and design it however you like. Furthermore, bear in mind that it does not need to be big, it is supposed to make you feel comfortable and satisfied.
If meditation is very new to you, you might need to seek some help. You could start by listening to guided meditations. There is plenty of them on YouTube, and generally the virtual space. As a beginner, I started using one of the most common apps, called “Headspace”. The app offers different meditation types, according to your needs at the time.
- Don’t judge yourself!
As I mentioned in the beginning, meditation is not an easy practice. You might find yourself lost in the beginning, but don’t be too harsh on yourself. You might notice that you find it hard to concentrate. Either because of your mind full of too many thoughts, or noisy surrounding, or muscle spasm, or whatever. But, as this being something new and unknown to you, it’s okay to feel this way. Give yourself some time, and let your thoughts go through your mind as this process is as normal and natural as your breathing is.
If you’re able to do this, set yourself a meditation schedule. In my judgment, I find it important to be consistent in this practice. This way you help yourself progress in the process, and therefore be more balanced and happier.