If I say “new year”, what do you think of?
Happy, fireworks, great food, party, champagne…
Or perhaps resolutions!
While the beginning of a new year can be used to rethink old ways to create better, healthier habits, it can also be daunting and stressful.
Especially if in the past, you’ve had a habit of starting off the year with new resolutions — like losing weight or finding true love — only to end the year heavier and more lonely.
We may not meet our goals because we get so over eager that we burn out within weeks of starting. Like making a decision to meditate 20 minutes every day for the entire year!
Sitting and breathing for 20 minutes may not seem a lot, but — like running, if you haven’t done more than walk from your front door to your car for the last decade, you’ll wipe out after only a few days of trying to run every morning!
So it’s the same with committing to a meditation practice. After only a couple months, or weeks, we end up complaining it’s too hard, takes too much time, and say it’s only for the very spiritually minded or people who have an easier schedule. And so we give up.
But what if you CAN create a steady meditation practice without having to make giant sacrifices? What if it were easy?
Here are 5 S’s to Easing Into a Meditation Practice:
1. Start small.
Instead of setting a goal of meditating every day of the week, how about every other day out of the week? If you miss a couple days, you won’t get down on yourself. Once you’ve got that down, then you can increase to 5 times a day until you get to it every day.
2. Set your timer for 10 minutes.
20 minutes may not seem like a lot, but if you’ve never had a habit of sitting still, even 15 minutes can seem long.
3. Shut down.
Make sure when you sit, you are in a quiet room in a comfy chair. Turn off your phone and let others know not to interrupt you for those 10 precious minutes.
4. Same time. Same place.
A great way to create a habit is to make sure you sit in the same spot and same time each day. It’s like brushing your teeth in the morning. You’re just used to getting up and doing it, you don’t even think about it.
5. Sitting Buddy.
Find a meditation partner. Having someone to check in with will help with staying motivated. Besides, it’ll draw your relationship closer!
Do you have any tips to stick to your meditation practice? Comment below.
Stress Release Tip
The To-Do-List getting out of hand? Take a step back. Breathe deeply for a minute. Really. Time yourself. 60 seconds of deep breathing. Now, take a look at your to-do list again. What do you really want to accomplish? Do you really need all those items on your list? Can you work on one thing at a time? Pace yourself.
Often as we make new big goals, we forget to live the life of the day to day. This week, take a moment to sit in nature and breathe deeply of the cool winter air while it’s still here. Look up at the sky, watch the trees sway in your neighborhood and see if you can hear any birds chirp. Soak it in and enjoy your surroundings.
Quote From Dana
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney
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