After the year we have had so far, practising mindfulness is more important now than ever. Not only will it soothe the parasympathetic nervous system, but it will also keep you more focused (fantastic at a time when routines, for some of us, keep changing). Daily meditation can improve sleep and have a positive impact on compassion, including self-compassion.
Be kind to yourself
Start the session by checking in on yourself by asking how you're feeling and be okay with the answer. If you lose focus during the session, slowly bring your attention back. You are training your brain to focus on one thing at a time. Save the multi-tasking skills for later.
Training you brain to meditate is no different to attempting a new sport or other activity. Whilst some of us may take to things easier than others, we suggest starting off in small segments. A 3 minute session is a good place to start. Look to increase this by a minute each day.
Use an app to guide you
Headspace or Calm are both apps that have great resources to help keep you on track.
Meditate in a quiet space
Meditating in a quiet space can be significantly easier as there are less distractions. Practising meditation in the morning before the rest of the household gets up or in the evening before you go to bed or finding quiet spots in the day may work. You will find overtime you will be able to meditate even if there is noise around you.
Make it part of your routine
Fit it into your morning or evening routine, like brushing your teeth. You may find yourself feeling calmer and able to handle things easier as you meditate on a regular basis. Oh and it can be addictive too! Good luck.
Contact Janene if you have any questions. She'd love to hear from you!