Morning meditation: the basics and benefits

Morning meditation: the basics and benefits
Morning meditation: the basics and benefits

We all know how detrimental stress can be; from work to home, from our skin to our bodies, when we’re feeling stressed it affects every aspect of our lives. Starting the day off right is crucial to continuing a positive mind set for the rest of the day, and even the week. A decrease in stress may even make you see positive changes in your skin, your relationships, and your work…

What are the benefits of morning meditation?

The morning is an optimum time for meditation because the world around us is still relatively quiet compared to the afternoon and evening, and your mind is less preoccupied.

Taking the time out to meditate in the morning is likely to make you far more productive during the day. By taking the time to develop your mood into a calm, focused, and confident one, you’re more likely to be productive because you’re in the best frame of mind possible.

Setting goals is also an important part of meditation. Your meditation time in the morning allows you to filter out everything else and focus your mind on what you really want to achieve today. Your willpower is at its strongest in the morning so you’re more likely to make a constructive goal that you will be able to accomplish.

Just like doing yoga in the mornings, or having a quick stretch, meditation limbers up your mind. By giving your mind the chance to wake up calmly, you lessen the risk of becoming stressed or overwhelmed by problems you are confronted with during the day.

How can I meditate in the morning and for how long?

It is incredibly easy to meditate, and absolutely anyone can do it. Contrary to some of the myths out there, you don’t need a Buddha statue, calming crystals, or trance-like music!

All meditation centres around is breathing. First of all relax in a quiet room where you feel comfortable, this can be lying down or sitting up.

Uncross your arms and legs and close your eyes.

Start by inhaling and counting in your head to at least four, then exhale, again counting in your head to at least four.

Develop a rhythm that feels comfortable. Anytime you feel a thought trying to clutter your mind, refocus on your breathing and counting.

This breathing is at the heart of all meditation, and done simply on its own is effective. There is no right or wrong way to meditate but you may wish to add a guided meditation to your breathing. A guided meditation is usually around ten minutes long and will be an audio recording, usually of motivating words and breathing reminders with some gentle music. You may also wish to add positive mantras to your breathing that you will repeat in your head, meditation is personal and completely down to what makes you feel less stressed and more focused.

This article is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any course of conduct.