Meditation is something you can practice anytime and anywhere, but did you know that there are significant benefits to meditating in the morning? Clearing your head in the morning, even before getting out of bed, can set the tone for the day and enhance the general benefits of meditation. Studies show that dedicating just a small amount of time to meditation before beginning the day can positively affect the way you handle stress throughout the day. It can help you center yourself and give you a boost to kick start your mind and body. Whether it be 5 minutes or 15, morning meditations give you the best opportunity to be aware for tasks and decisions that lay ahead. It may be difficult to get into the habit but carving time out and staying consistent will bring peace and energize you more than your daily coffee. Here a few types of meditations perfect for the morning. Try setting aside a small amount of time to practice one of these and begin your week right.
Gratitude meditations are a great way to start the day because they focus on expressing appreciation and thankfulness for the things around you and in your life. Taking the time to reflect and give gratefulness to all things around you, be it good or bad, can increase feelings of gratitude and positivity. Guided gratitude meditations are pretty common, and you can find a lot of varieties on YouTube and many meditation apps. Practicing this type of meditation in the morning can elevate your sense of well-being and self-care.
Decluttering your mind in the morning can lead to a more productive a relaxed day. Clarity meditations can help with that. Beginning your day with this kind of meditation can set the tone for a clear, less foggy mind that is essential for a productive day. Clarity meditations aim to provide a peaceful, calm and relaxed feeling. All good feelings to have if you are heading into a stressful day or just want to start the day with a sense of direction and purpose. They are also good for increasing your levels of focus so that you are able to make the best decisions.
Mindfulness meditations focus on bringing awareness to your restless thoughts and emotions. In practicing mindfulness meditation you are in tune with your senses, noticing your thoughts and emotions instead of just going through the motions in the morning. Our minds tend to be a bit on edge in the morning, especially if you’re not a morning person. But a mindfulness meditation can help quiet those loud thoughts and feelings and center you for the day. Typically used to alleviate stress and anxiety, mindfulness meditations are a good way to clear your mind before days’ stressors begin.