More now than ever the world is a stressful place to live. Up and downs are normal due to stress, anxiety, and depression. Finding ways to combat these feelings is very important. Meditation is a great tool for reducing stress and improving your sense of well being.

Practicing meditation on a regular basis has been shown to have positive effects on your mental health. It’s important to practice regularly to receive the greatest benefits.

How to meditate:

Meditation can be difficult but with practice and persistence it becomes easier. To meditate start by finding a place where you will not be disturbed. Pick a predetermined amount of time 5-10 minutes is a good start. Get into a comfortable seated or lying down position. Begin by focusing on your breath. Focus on the sensation of air flowing through your nostrils and leaving out of your mouth. Counting during your breaths can help to keep you even more focused. If your mind begins to wander bring your focus back to your breath. Try to avoid thought and keep your mind quiet. This will become easier over time. As you practice more you can begin to meditate for longer.

Many people love to start their day with meditation. It’s a great way to clear the mind and have a positive outlook for the day. It doesn’t matter when you meditate. If you are not a morning person any time of the day works.

Benefits of meditation:

Some of the benefits of mediation include Stress reduction, Increased ability to concentrate, Increased self-esteem, Greater self-acceptance, Increased happiness and peace of mind, Reduced levels of depression and anxiety, Lower blood pressure, Increased self-awareness, Stronger immune system, Improved cardiovascular health, and Better sleep.

Meditation is a great tool to deal with the fast paced stress inducing world we live in. If you keep your mind open and accept it into your life as a daily practice you can watch your outlook become more and more positive.