We all know what it’s like to get overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt out with everything going on in our lives. That is why meditating at home can be a fantastic way to unwind in the comfort of your own home, on your own time. The convenience of home meditating is great because you do not need any fancy equipment or even a lot of space; you can even meditate on your couch! If you’re interested in some ideas and tips on how to begin successfully meditating at home, stick around!
Understand the Basics of Meditating
Meditation can seem intimidating if you are not sure where to start. Mastering meditation is something that does take practice, but since you can start with simple and short meditations, you will become a pro in no time! Here are 4 simple steps to help you start mastering the art of meditation, all from home:
- Get comfortable where you are. Later on, we’ll go over some tricks to make your space more comfortable and relaxed!
- Focus on how you’re breathing. Pay attention to where your breath is coming from, and how it feels. At first, these should not be timed but rather just breathe naturally and remain mindful about it.
- Focus your mind. It is normal that your thought will stray away from your breathing, just take a few seconds and drift back into the breathing focus.
- Gently finish your secession. Once you have focused on your breathing and meditated for just a few minutes in the beginning, end your meditation seamlessly. You can do this by noticing any sounds around you or thinking of how your body now feels. Then, move from your position and continue with your day.
Have Motivation for Meditating
Understanding your reason for wanting to meditate will help you stay motivated and want to focus. When you are determined to be successful with home meditation, you will be successful. Think about the stressors in your life, and how meditation will help ease them and help you feel relaxed. Are you hoping to relieve stress? Sleep better? Lower your anxiety levels? There are so many reasons to be motivated to meditate and when you focus on those reasons and how meditation will help, you will be more motivated to use meditation to help overcome those feelings and stressors.
Find the Best Time for You
One of the conveniences of meditating at home is not having to worry about making it to a class or a studio on time and feeling rushed. When you meditate at home you have the freedom to choose when to start and end your session. If you live with other people it might be beneficial to meditate in the morning when others are still sleeping, or at night when your environment is quieter before going to bed. When you are home, you can even find a few minutes to meditate while waiting for dinner to cook or during commercial breaks from your favorite show. The freedom you have to decide if you want to meditate for 3 minutes or even 1 hour is what’s so great about meditating on your time.
Find a Comfortable Spot
Being comfortable in your meditation space is key to feeling relaxed and being successful in your experience. One option is to use a pillow or yoga mat on the floor and sit or lay on. Other’s find it convenient to sit on the couch in a meditation position, or even just relax. If you are planning to meditate before bed for a night of better sleep, consider laying or sitting in bed to meditate. Once you have found a comfortable spot, here are a few easy steps you can take to maximize your experience:
- Set mood lighting. Consider turning off some lights, or pulling your curtains closed. Leaving just a lamp on or letting in just a bit of natural light will help you relax and focus on the meditation you’re doing.
- Stimulate your senses. For sound, you may prefer silence or you can play some white noise in the background. Also, consider lighting a candle or using an oil diffuser to release relaxing scents like lavender or eucalyptus.
When making the decision to meditate at home just keep in mind that it does not have to be strategically planned and you might face interruptions, which is okay. Just try your best to stay focused on your feelings and remember how much you are benefitting from this practice. Meditation is proven to improve feelings of well-being, lessen anxiety, lower your heart rate, relieve stress, and so much more. It is normal to lose focus in the beginning, but after practice, you will improve. Whether you decide to meditate to unwind after work or to start the morning relaxed just remember to focus and enjoy this home relaxation technique. Have fun and good luck!
Mindful Staff. (2019). How to meditate. Retrieved from https://www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate/