Winter Self-Care Guide: Meditation
This winter we are embracing self-care on A Healthier Michigan.
As we start the New Year, one of the best ways to set your intention for 2022 and ground your thoughts is by starting a meditation practice.
All you need to begin is a quiet space, and five to 10 minutes. Find a comfortable spot and close your eyes. You can choose to have a guided or unguided meditation. During a guided meditation, you’d listen to someone gently direct your attention to different thoughts, sensations in your body and breathing patterns – sometimes through a podcast, smartphone app or video. During an unguided meditation, set a time limit and then work through your thoughts and connect with your breath.
Many have found meditating in the morning to be the most beneficial time of day to practice, but you can meditate anywhere, anytime.
Meditation is like a stretch for the brain – and like any other skill, allow yourself time to learn it with practice.
Here is a guided meditation to try today:
You can also register for a free meditation session every Wednesday at noon by visiting bluecrossvirtualwellbeing.com.
Once you get started, try experimenting with these other meditation techniques:
- Relax Your Mind with These Popular Meditation Styles
- Breathe This Way: Four Simple Ways to Relax in Less Than 10 Minutes
- 5 Ways to Get Moving with Meditation
Here’s more about why meditation works:
- 5 Mindfulness Myths and Why They Shouldn’t Stop You
- How Yoga Breathing Can Reduce Your Stress Level
- Meditation for Mindfulness and Mental Clarity
Mediation can be done wherever you are. But, if you’re looking for a more intentional experience, there are centers across Michigan to visit where you can develop your skills:
If you have children, consider getting them involved as well:
Each week during January and February 2022, we’ll be featuring a self-care technique to encourage you to try something new and make time for yourself this winter. Follow along on AHealthierMichigan.org.
Check out these other self-care guides:
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