Meditation is something that I’ve wanted to start doing for a long time. So this year after taking a yoga class in college, I started to realize how beneficial it is to take some time and reflect on yourself. Sometimes life gets crazy and it helps to take a step back and just breathe. I’d like to share my personal definition of meditation, which is the act of contemplating, reflecting, and rebalancing in a way that allows you to reconnect with yourself. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the benefits I’ve personally felt from meditation:
- It’s relaxing! When done right, it can relax not only your mind but your body as well. By clearing your mind and going through each part of your body, it releases any lingering tension from your day or gives you a clear head to start your morning! For me, I’ve done it both at night and in the morning.
- Can decrease depression and stress. Many studies have been published demonstrating how meditation can aid with decreasing depression and stress. As someone who struggles with depression, anything that can help improve my mood is something worth trying. Personally, by meditating in the morning, I’ve always received a boost in energy levels and felt ready to tackle the day. As a college student, managing stress is one of the most important and essential skills a person can have. It took me a long time to learn how to properly destress. But using these techniques helped me and I know they’ll become one of the best tools in your personal taking-care-of-you kit.
- Can improve your quality of sleep. Doing meditation at night can help you sort through the events of the day instead of being preoccupied thinking about if you marked the right answer on that test or if your makeup was on point while you’re trying to sleep. After a five to ten minute meditation session, I feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep. If you’re someone that needs meditations specifically designed to help you fall asleep, check out the app Breathe for guided meditations to help you fall asleep.
- There are even some meditations that are specifically designed to help you fall asleep!
- Helps you feel more connected. When I meditate, I feel closer to myself, my friends, and the world around me. So many of us spend most of our time preoccupied with things like school, jobs, and relationships, we don’t stop and take a couple moments to reconnect with who we are and where we are. Take some time out of your busy day, even if it’s just for five minutes, and reconnect with yourself! You’ll be glad you did.
- Improves your attention and focus. Especially in the morning before you actually get going. By concentrating on your energy, you can wake up your mind and body in a natural and calm way. Your body will thank you!
So those are my five tips! But I always recommend people to not just take my word for it, but to actually go and do it. It’s super easy and you can do it pretty much anywhere (although don’t do it in class, it’ll look like you’re sleeping!). If you want to get fancy you could get a yoga mat (also for yoga, who would have thought?!). I have one and it’s kind of a great way to be a little creative because you get to pick the design and color of it. My favorite design is my Gaiam, which you can find on Amazon .
How to Start Meditating Today:
While refocusing your energy, it’s important to be surrounded by things that make you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you’re unsure of how to get started, here are some tips:
- Sit down and keep a straight back, or you can lay down if it’s more comfortable or you’re trying to fall asleep.
- Close your eyes and take a couple of long, deep breaths. A good way to measure your intake is to count to four with each breath in and out. Repeat at least five times to allow yourself to relax and focus.
- Now for the next part, the actual meditation part, there are a couple of ways you can go about this. You can do it naturally and just listen to the sounds around you. However, I find that I like either a little bit of music or a guided meditation. For more guided meditations, check out the app called Breathe (it’s free!). It’s beautifully designed and simple to use, so check it out! Okay, so these are my tips but if you have any of your own, feel free to comment! Please like, share, and subscribe, thank you!