5 Tips For Building a Daily Meditation Practice

Krystal Emerson

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Building a daily meditation practice can be difficult, but it is possible with the right motivation and guidance. Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries. It's been touted as a cure-all, hailed by people from all walks of life.

In recent years, the practice has become more mainstream as people have started to understand how it can help them manage stress in their everyday life. But how do you start? How do you make it work in the hustle and bustle of modern life? Meditation can be practiced anywhere - at home, at work, or on the go.

There are many different types of meditation practices available, too; one needs to find what resonates best and get started. Building a daily meditation practice may take time, but the benefits are worth it. Meditation can help develop greater self-awareness, foster emotional well-being, and provide an outlet for stress relief.

From the ancient yogis in India to modern-day practitioners worldwide, it's clear that meditation continues to be an important part of many people's lives. If you're interested in starting your own meditation practice but don't know where to begin, here are some helpful tips for building a daily routine: 

1. Start with a 5-minute meditation

Every day brings new opportunities for growth and success. Unfortunately, many people struggle to get out of bed in the morning and are consumed with thoughts about what they need to do that day. The truth is, you don't need distractions like social media or Netflix when you have a daily meditation practice. Meditation will help ground you, center your energy, and give it direction so that you can focus on what matters most to you every single day without any doubt. 

A five-minute meditation can be a great way to start the day and build a daily meditation practice. There are many different types of meditations, but here is an easy one to try this morning. All you need is five minutes in the morning before work or school and any quiet space where you won't be disturbed.

You will also want to sit up straight with your eyes closed, palms facing up on your thighs, feet flat on the floor in front of you, about hip-width apart. Take deep breaths from your belly for at least one minute before starting to breathe normally again. To get started with this mini-meditation, inhale deeply through your nose for three seconds and release slowly through your pursed lips for another three seconds.

2. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit and meditate

Building a daily meditation practice is not an easy task for many people. It can be difficult to find the time and place to sit in silence and focus on one's breath, but it is possible.

The first step is finding a quiet, comfortable place to sit. This could be your bedroom or even outside in nature if that isn't too distracting for you.  Next, determine how long you want your meditation session to last; some people like five minutes while others prefer thirty minutes or more.

You can also choose whether you want to practice meditation first thing in the morning before breakfast or at night before bed as a way to relax at the end of the day. Regardless of the time you choose, you'll want to pick out a comfortable place in your home that is quiet where you can be undisturbed for a few moments.

3. Set an alarm for the time you want your meditation session to end

Meditation is a powerful practice that can have many benefits, but it's not always easy to stick with. If you find yourself struggling to develop the habit, try setting the alarm for the time your meditation should end, leaving you plenty of time for relaxing afterward. This will help create a routine and make it easier to come back to next time.

It can be difficult to get into the routine of doing something new every day. If you struggle with creating habits, here's an idea: set the alarm for the time you want your meditation to end. This will create a sense of urgency and accountability that can help make it easier to stick with your habit.

You may not even realize how much stress and anxiety has been building up inside of you until after your meditation session is completed because during those moments. The key to setting the alarm is choosing what time you want your session to be over and where you will place the alarm so that it doesn't distract from your practice or interrupt your flow.

4. Use guided meditations or mantras as part of your practice 

Guided meditations or mantras are an easy way to incorporate meditation into your daily life in just minutes every day. Have you been thinking about starting a regular meditation practice but don't know where to start? Guided meditations offer many benefits, including stress relief, increased focus, decreased anxiety, and improved moods.

They're also great for when we need guidance on what else we should be doing with our lives. Guided meditations and mantras are a great way to build up your practice because they can be done anywhere at any time. Meditations and mantras are great tools for creating a habit or changing a habit. They can be used to improve your focus, relieve stress, and become more productive. 

5. Track your progress on paper or in an app like Headspace 

Meditation can be a potent tool in managing your stress levels. It's not always easy to know how you're doing, but with the use of some simple tools like a paper journal or Headspace app, it's easier than ever to keep track of your progress and make sure that you're getting the most out of each session. 

Many people who want to start a meditation practice are unsure of how they can track their progress. It's possible to keep a paper journal, or you could use an app that tracks your daily meditation sessions and sends reminders for when it's time to meditate again. 

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