Starting a meditating routine can be overwhelming if you have never done it before, but it so rewarding!
It helps you become more intentional with your day and you will be much more focused with your tasks. It also is great for taking some time for yourself. Even if your day is full of meetings and tasks, you know you at least have 20 minutes (or however long you choose!) to focus on yourself and relax. Here are a few tips to help you start meditating every day:
Schedule it in the morning
Try scheduling it in the morning. If you do it first thing, you don't have to worry about trying to fit it in to your hectic day. It's also great to do it first thing in the morning because you have time to relax and help you focus more on your tasks throughout the day.
Even if it you start with just two minutes a day, that's okay! Once you start building a routine of getting your meditation in every single day, you can add more time to it. If you start with a 20 minute goal, there's a chance that you will fidget and think about all your stressors throughout that time. Starting small will help you really focus on meditating during that time period.
Check in with yourself
When you start your meditation practice, check in with yourself from time to time. How are feeling throughout your session each day? If you feel tired, stressed or even relaxed, that's okay. Keep track of what you are feeling each day and see if you can pick up on any outside factors that can be affecting your meditation session each day.
Don't worry about frustration
Your mind will wander at one point or another. Don't get frustrated! You may find yourself thinking about your to do list or even about your lunch date. It's okay to wander a little. Just remind yourself this is your meditation practice and clear your mind again. It's going to take a bit to get your mind to stop wandering but practicing everyday will help you get in a great routine.
Focus on your breathing
Be sure you are focusing on your breathing in each session. You want to stay relaxed and in tune with your body. Focusing on your breathing will also help your mind not wander all over the place! Slow, deep breaths work best for meditation.
Remember, taking time for yourself is okay and important. Don't let it stress you out. It should be a short time out of your day, made to really focus on yourself and prepare your mind for the day. It may take a little time to get into a routine but keep practicing - it's so worth it!