This time at home has meant extra time with family, but sometimes we can get overwhelmed and exhausted from all of the craziness during the quarantine. As we enter a new way of living, our health is our wealth. I believe just a few minutes of mindfulness can completely change your day. I’ve been working on improving my meditation with primordial meditation couch, Angela Whittaker. She’s been gracious to teach us at Chataigne Style, some at home meditation tips. It’s not always easy to get to start a meditation practice, but we’ve complied some tips to help you meditate at home during the quarantine. Happy meditating!
1.Make the Time (Even Three Minutes)
You’ll never sit down and meditate if you wait for the perfect time, so just prioritize yourself first to get it done. On the bright side, most people don’t realize you only need a few minutes for some mindful meditation. Whether it’s as soon as you wake up in the morning or right before bed at night, take a couple minutes for yourself to separate yourself from work and family. Start small with just 3 minutes and more time until you reach 30 a day. You won’t even know the time passed!
2. Get Comfortable
A big misconception is that you have to sit in lotus position! The truth about meditation is that you should find a position you are most comfortable, so find a position that you feel most relaxed. I enjoy sitting on a meditation pillow facing the sun in my loft. Whether you’re sitting up, lying down, or leaning against a wall, experiment with different positions that are the most comfortable for you.
3. Power Off
We spend a lot of our time scrolling on our phones and with extra screen time with zoom calls. The first step in building at strong at home meditation practice means taking a break form screen time. Put you phone away and silence it all. The key to meditating is to not use a phone and feel when you’re done. If you want to set a timer to keep track of how long you’re meditating for, try using a watch. Your phone will still be there when you’re done!
4. Just Breathe
Now that you’ve found a comfortable position and a peaceful space, it’s time to turn your attention to your breath. Instead of relying on apps to meditate you have all the tools you need. Just pay attention to your breath as it comes in and follow through to you lungs. Count each breath as you whisper your mantra (see #5). Research suggests that meditating for just 10 minutes a day can improve our ability to sleep soundly, process information, and be more empathetic.
5. Try Reciting a Mantra or Affirmation
Part of my at home meditation practice includes a personal mantra that helps set my intention. A mantra is just a word of phrase that you quietly repeat during your meditation, and it can be anything from “I love myself” to “strength comes from within.” Find a phrase that is meaningful to you and run with it.
6. Don’t Give Up
It’s called meditation practice and not meditation perfect for a reason. No one can just sit and meditate perfectly the first or second try. I have been frustrated and when I stop meditating is when I realize I need it more than ever. You will sit and get distracted and feel uncomfortable, but don’t give up. Go back to your breath and mantra/affirmation.