*Meditation is the bit of Mindfulness that is sometimes called the ‘sitting practice’ bit. It can of course be done lying down, or even standing up…
“I meditate sometimes, but I don’t have the discipline to do it every day.”
“I meditated for a while, but I always seem too busy to fit it in.”
“I feel better when I meditate, but somehow I just can’t stick at it.”
If any of this sounds familiar, keep reading! Here are our 5 top tips to sticking at your meditation practice:
- When you think about it – Just Do It!
What we call the ‘Nike method’. At the moment it enters your mind to practice, stop everything (no matter how seemingly pressing) and spend just a few moments focusing on your breathing and the sensations in your body. The email you’re writing/the cooking/the ironing can all wait a few more minutes! What is more important than a few minutes of self-care 😊
2. A Time and a Place
Having said that, every mindfulness teacher will tell you the same thing – and that’s no coincidence…. your body and your mind tend to respond better to familiar cues. If you can find a favourite chair or a favourite time of day to practice, and stick to it, your chances of success will sky rocket. But remember to keep it flexible. Sometimes, life just gets in the way, and that’s OK too…
3.Do it Guided!
If you find yourself wavering, download some guided practices or a Mindfulness App on your phone or tablet to help you along. We recommend our free Present Mind Mindfulness app, but there are lots of free practices on the SoundCloud app or the Insight Timer app (Hannah, is it possible to add in the logos for these please?). Find a voice or a style that suits you. Have them handy for when you need them…
4. Link it to something else
Remembering is sometimes half the battle! Try linking it to another regular activity in the day, for example – ‘brush teeth then meditate’ or ‘meditate then breakfast’. Your brain likes repetition & connectivity to form a new habit – in this case a delicious new habit!
5. Think of it as a Joy not a Chore!
The last thing we need is yet something else to add to our To Do List, and something else to feel guilty about if we don’t get it done. Self-care is a wonderful thing – whether it’s a hot bubble bath, a walk in the woods or a mug of warm hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Why not think of your meditation practice in the same vein? Good for the body and good for the soul 😊
Good luck & enjoy!