Make Meditation A Part Of Your New Year's Resolution
Amy Au·January 11, 2023
The new year is a time for fresh starts, and what better way to start off 2023 than by vowing to take care of yourself? One way to do that is to make meditation a part of your daily routine. Meditation has been shown to offer a host of benefits for our physical and mental health, including reducing stress, improving sleep, and boosting immunity. And the best part is, it can be done anywhere, anytime — all you need is a few minutes and a quiet place to sit. Not sure where to start? Keep reading for our tips on making meditation a part of your New Year's resolution.
One of the main reasons why people abandon their New Year's resolutions is because they try to do too much, too fast. When it comes to incorporating meditation into your life, it's important to start small and gradually increase the amount of time you spend meditating each day. For example, if your goal is to meditate for 10 minutes per day, start by doing 5 minutes per day and then work your way up. Trust us, slow and steady really does win the race when it comes to wellness.
Find a Quiet Spot
In order to get the most out of your meditation practice, it's important to find a quiet spot where you won't be interrupted or distracted. This could be a spot in your home, in nature, or even at work (if you have a quiet office space). Once you've found your spot, make sure to turn off any electronic devices that could disrupt your session. If space allows, setup a meditation corner in your home or office with tranquil décor. This will help you get into the zen mood faster. You can also consider placing one of our meditation tables in the chosen spot, and decorate it with our Healing Buddha statue.
Get Into a Comfortable Position
Sit with your spine straight and your eyes closed. You can use a meditation cushion or bench to help you sit straight for longer. You can also lie down if that's more comfortable for you.
Focus On Your Breath
The main goal of meditation is to focus on the present moment. One way to do this is by focusing on your breath. Count each inhale and exhale—inhale for four counts, pause for six counts, and exhale for eight counts. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath without judgement.
Set a Timer
One of the best ways to ensure that you don't get interrupted during your meditation is to set a timer. This way, you can focus on your practice and not worry about the time. There are plenty of great meditation timer apps available — find one that works for you and set it before you begin.
Use Guided Meditation Apps
If you find that meditating to complete quietness is too challenging, there are many great meditation apps available like Headspace and Calm (to name a few). My personal favourite is Insight Timer. The app is ad free and you have access to hundreds of fantastic guided meditation audios of varying lengths and themes on the free version. It's like Spotify for meditation! If you prefer a more structured approach, there's a paid subscription option where you can access many meditation programs specified to your needs.
Use Meditation Tools
Meditation can be in many different forms. If sitting still isn't your thing, you can meditate with the use of tools to help you calm your mind and bring your focus to the present moment. Check out our zen garden range. Our customers have expressed how much they have helped them in their mental wellness journey and how much fun they have with them.
Making meditation part of your New Year's resolution is a great way to focus on taking care of yourself both physically and mentally in the new year. Just remember, meditation can be in many different forms, so choose the method that you can stick with. As long as you are able to consistently focus on the present moment on a regular basis, you have achieved your goal.
Lastly, the enso sensory team wishes everyone a healthy and fruitful new year!