Creating and sustaining a mindfulness routine is not easy. Just like creating any habit, it takes time, patience, and repetition. Plus, with our 24/7 lifestyles, we are constantly distracted, on the go, and thinking several steps ahead in our future schedules. This makes mindfulness even harder to integrate and so, many of us can easily skip a day. Many never seem to find the motivation to go back to developing on this practice.
Fortunately, this is a common ‘wall’ that people hit. Meditation does not provide that instant gratification and immediate life-changing effects that most of us seek. It does not provide you with incredible focus right away or improve your sleep overnight. Rather, meditation works for the long-term, helping people to become more patient, aware, and present as they delve deeper and deeper into their practice.
And while it may not be easy, it is definitely worth the shot. More and more studies continuing to show the immense positive benefits of daily meditation on one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Read more on the scientific benefits of meditation and mindfulness here.
No idea where to start? Here are some tips to help revive that motivation:
1. Set a Time
Whether it is right when you wake up or before you fall asleep, find a period of time where you are able to be silent for a few moments and reflect. Simple Habit has an alarm feature available in the app so you will be able to receive a push notification when it’s time to take a few moments for yourself. Stressed during the day and need a quick fix? Try our On-The-Go section and find that perfect quick meditation for a few moments of silence.
2. Reflect in a Journal
Before you begin your meditation practice, write down how you are feeling that day. Sad? Happy? Tired? Frustrated? By reflecting prior, you will be able to set an intention for your practice that day. Examples include: “Today, I want to focus on alleviating my frustration about work” or “Today, I want to work on introducing more self-love into my life.” After you meditate, write a sentence or two about how you feel. Do you feel lighter? More relaxed? Confident? By reflecting before and after, you are able to notice any mood changes and immediate effects.
3. Try it in a Group
Sometimes, you might need a little push from your peers. Group meditations are becoming increasingly more common and many are held for free in local meditation and/or community centres. Having other people meditate with you can help increase your focus on the present moment. If you are not able to find a group meditation nearby, try it with your friends and family. Pick a meditation from Simple Habit and play it out loud for everyone to follow along. We recommend Mindful Communication and Feel at Peace.
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