People decide to start a meditation practice for a variety of reasons, some want to reduce stress and others do it as part of a spiritual practice.  Meditation can do wonders for you, especially your mental health.  If you have never tried meditating before you may have no idea where to start.  Here is a meditation for beginners guide to get you started.

Don’t Try Too Hard

Meditation is different for everyone and every meditation session is different from the last.  There is no “right” way to do it.  Don’t get frustrated by thinking you aren’t doing it right, especially in the beginning.  Just relax and try and calm your mind.  Yes, that is easier said than done but that is what meditation is about.  If you’re having trouble then just focus on your breathing until you relax.

Try Different Methods

There are a variety of different meditation techniques but for a beginner, you can start with the following types.  The first is simply breathing meditation, where you simply sit there and focus on your breath.

You can also start with walking meditation (you have probably done this already without even realizing it).  This is simply going for a walk and noticing what’s around you.  Head to a local park or nature trail and simply walk around noticing the trees, plants, and flowers along the way.  Lastly, you can opt for a guided meditation either by using an app or even finding one on YouTube.  For this, you sit back and follow someone’s voice as they guide you through a relaxation technique.

Create a Regular Time to Meditate

It takes time to create a regular habit so give meditation a regular slot in your schedule.  You don’t need to set aside hours only 10 to 15 minutes a day is fine.  Even the busiest person can set aside a few minutes for regular meditation.  Many people prefer to meditate first thing in the morning it allows them to start the day off right.  Put your phone down, leave the email until later and reduce some of the negativity in your life.

Meditation is an amazing practice, it can help with both your physical and mental health.  It only takes a few minutes a day, you don’t need to be an expert or need any special equipment to improve the quality of your life.  Give regular meditation a try for just two weeks to understand just how beneficial it can be.