New Years’ resolutions are hard to keep. This year will be different. Meditate with Simple Habit and make mindfulness a daily part of your 2017 year.
Don’t know where to start? Here are 4 tips on how to start meditating this year from the Simple Habit team:
Start with 5 minutes a day.
Habits don’t happen overnight. Begin with small steps that you can’t talk yourself out of! Try 5-minute meditations that focus on breathing or relaxing, and get comfortable with the stillness of meditation.
Meditate at the same time every morning or every night.
Committing to the same time every day can make all the difference when starting a new habit. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, right before you go to sleep, or another time that works best for you (e.g. lunch breaks), learn to associate a certain time of day with a quick 5-minute meditation. It’ll be much easier for you to do it every day.
Try guided meditations
In my experience, meditations apps are the easiest way to start a meditation practice — all you have to do is listen and follow the teachers’ instructions. There’s so many different teachers and styles out there. Be adventurous to find the ones you like most. Simple Habit is a great place to start, with a platform of top teachers from around the world. It’s like Spotify for mindfulness.
Set a goal with a friend
It’s easier to start a new habit when you have someone holding you accountable! Share your goals with a friend — maybe it’s to meditate every day in January? — and check in with them to stay on track. I personally like doing bets to help me stay motivated!