Trying Meditation

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A few weeks ago I started to include meditation with my workout routine to help mental health along with physical.

How to get started

Step 1 – find an app or videos

I tried several apps at the same time ( got to check out all the options ) to try to find one that I liked the best. It’s good to have one that has topics that are applicable to you and if they’re guided meditations, with someone who has a voice that you can listen to for a bit.  My favourite apps were Simple Habit Meditation – it costs money to subscribe but my friend gave me a free trial – and HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a good starting off point to learn the basics. After using the apps for a bit and once I felt like I knew what I was doing I went to YouTube videos for more options. My favourite has been Boho Beautiful ( it sounds cheesy but she has a very calming voice ), there is a daily meditation playlist which focuses on self-acceptance and love.

Step 2 – fit it into your daily routine

At first, I tried to work meditation in 3 places in my routine, to see if I could do it that often and to find when worked best. First thing in the morning, while stretching post-workout and right before bed. In the morning it’s a good way to start the day being calm and having a clear mind. I find it allows me to stretch better because of being relaxed and focused in the moment. Right before bed is a great way to sleep better and calm yourself down.

Step 3 – be consistent!

Best way to form a habit is to stick with it until it becomes part of your day. This can be hard on days when your mind is racing and it feels difficult to calm it, but that’s when you need it most.

Some benefits I’ve found

  • My mind feels calmer. The main reason to start meditation. It really helps with anxiety and sleep.
  • Less negative thoughts, more appreciative, more positive. I’ve been trying to consciously work on this, too, so the meditation didn’t magically solve this, but it has helped. Especially with being present and trying not to worry.
  • More focus, which also helps during workouts. If you try to incorporate meditation into something you need a lot of focus for or during your workouts it can improve your performance because you’re living in the moment and your mind is either clear on thinking about whatever it is you need focus for.
  • Feels like you have more control over your mind. If you start thinking negatively you can use meditation as a tool to stop it or at least redirect.

It seems so simple yet it feels like it’s made a substantial difference in how I think and I would highly recommend learning how to meditate. Have you tried meditation?

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12 thoughts on “Trying Meditation

  1. raynotbradbury Reply

    Glad for you 🙂 meditation is a must in our hectic daily lives :))

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you and that is very true it’s good to take a break.

  2. sevenroses Reply

    meditation helps a lot. I do it by listening to Mozart and Beethoven and other classics and its truly magical.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      That’s a good idea!

  3. chape Reply

    I like Simple Habit 🙂 and I use Yoga Glo as well 😉
    Namaste!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      I will have to check Yoga Glo out!

  4. Gritty Momma Reply

    Nice! I’ve gotten into something similar by looking up short yoga routines on YouTube to help me stretch, wake up, and set my mind on positive things in the morning (look up SarahBethYoga on YouTube, she’s wonderful!). I’ve been getting up so late the last few weeks, though, that I’ve really neglected this… you’ve inspired me to try again tomorrow. Thanks! 🙂

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Yes!! I love Yoga and I’m hoping to work on Yoga instructor training in the future to be able to teach it. I’m glad I could inspire you!! Good luck 🙂

      1. Gritty Momma Reply

        That’s excellent! You totally should! 🙂

        1. psitsperi Reply

          Thank you!!

  5. Brad Benjamins Reply

    Wow! I think I will try that. I do have a very busy life, and this seems like a great way to relax and calm down. I like to take time to relax and listen to music. The best thing is a cappucino, a hammock, and a good book or some music 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! I just started a new blog, and would love it if you checked it out!
    http://www.totalbradnessblog.wordpress.com
    Cheers!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      I think music can help you relax in a similar way to meditation since it really brings you into the moment

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