As the holiday season is fast approaching do you find yourself feeling a little more stressed? I know I do! I decided I wanted to do a little experiment and challenge myself to meditate daily through the busy holiday season. I was inspired by another blogger who suggested a meditation challenge. I thought this was an amazing idea! Starting next week I plan to meditate at least one time per day until the New Year. I know that sounds daunting but I think I can do it.
There are so many benefits of meditation. Here are the top reasons I think we need to incorporate more meditation into our physical, mental and spiritual strength.
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety
- Helps with Concentration
- Increases Happiness
- Slows Aging
- Helps with Sleep
These are only a few of the many benefits of meditation. If you are new to meditation it can be a little intimidating. This article by Mind Body Green has great tips and suggestions for beginners. Start with just a few minutes a day and build up. We all have time to scroll through Pinterest, Facebook, or zone out in front of the TV, so I am sure we can schedule 5 minutes into our day to start meditating.
I also recommend using guided meditations. Guided meditations walk you through meditating step by step. They can be a great resource for those new to meditating. I prefer to use a guided meditation. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sleep Ezy Tonight. This one is great for everyone. My 9 year old daughter loves it! Try it on your kids it will work!!!!
The Chopra Center Guided Meditations. These mediations vary in length and topics.
The Meditation Podcast (ITunes) This can be downloaded onto your phone and you can access it anytime you need it. I recommend listening to this on headphones for the best results.
The Headspace App is also highly recommended but I have not tried it yet. I plan to try it next week.
Who is ready to join me on this meditation journey? Have a great weekend!