How To Meditate In Just 3 Minutes
Meditation has a host of benefits for both the mind and the body. It can relax us, remove us from the stresses of our day-to-day life, and leave us more focused to take on the tasks that lie ahead. However, many of us are also on a very tight schedule- with work, school, parenting, and hobbies, it can be difficult to find time to set aside to meditate. However, our team is devoted to ensuring that everyone can find time to meditate, and have developed a set of quick and easy tips on how to meditate in just 3 minutes a day.
How to meditate
Find the right music
Music is essential to setting the mood for your meditation. To properly meditate, you must feel relaxed and calm; the right music can have the added benefit of lowering your heart rate, which will make it easier to steady your breathing. Music can also be used to keep track of time- for example, if you only have three minutes to spend on meditation, finding a three-minute song that you enjoy will have the added benefit of acting as a stopwatch to keep yourself on track towards your next task. If you don’t have a favorite song that makes you feel calm, try searching “Mediation music” on YouTube. With hundreds of free options and unique mixes, you’re sure to find one that makes you feel serene.
Set the mood
Meditation is all about the frame of mind, so finding a quiet place to meditate is essential. Try to isolate yourself in a secluded and silent area; many people like to use their living room, bedroom, or even a spacious closet. Ensure that you are not attempting to meditate in an area you typically work in, as our brains unconsciously associate these spaces with stress and pressure.
Steady your breathing
Now that you’re ready to begin start your meditation by taking large and conscious breaths. Fill your lungs completely with air until you cannot take in any more. Then, slowly exhale the air in a steady stream, focusing on nothing but your breathing at this time. Breathing consciously and concisely has the added benefit of lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, two of the many benefits of meditation.
Envision your happy place
While focusing on your breathing, close your eyes and try to envision yourself at a place that makes you feel the most balanced. Many people imagine themselves on the warm sand of their favorite beach or under the crisp canopy of rainforest leaves. By envisioning yourself in a new environment, you can take a mini-meditative vacation for just three minutes a day.