Building a new habit is hard.
That’s why building a meditation routine can also challenging. Trust me, I know.
On the first day, you start strong.
You get up early and feel pumped with a great sense of achievement after completing day one of your new meditation routine.
“That wasn’t THAT hard!” you think to yourself as you excitedly prepare for the rest of your day.
The second day arrives. You wake up on time and feel great. Similar to day one, you smash through your meditation session. “Cool, this meditation thing is going to be a breeze.”
Then day 3 and 4 hit.
Your alarm goes off but you feel tired. You had a late night last night, so hit the snooze button –“Just 5 more minutes”.
Shortly, this 5 minutes extends to 10, then 15 minutes and suddenly you wake up realising “Shit, I’m late!”
There’s no way in hell that you have time for meditation today, so you make a promise to yourself that you’ll kick start it tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes, and a similar pattern appears.
Your alarm goes off. You hit the snooze button. Your goal of getting up early to meditate has started to slip. That inner voice in your head is so powerful, and although you really wanted to build a meditation routine, it keeps winning.
A week or two has now gone by. Your meditation sessions have been sporadic, and you’ve started convincing yourself that:
- “Maybe meditating in the morning isn’t for you”
- “You can’t do it because you’re not a morning person”
- “You didn’t notice that much benefit any way” or even
- “You’re too busy, let’s try again another time.”
As I mentioned, learning how to build a meditation routine is not a walk in the park. But this is the same for building any other new habit.
In this article, I will share 5 tips to help you build a meditation routine and get started.
1) Know Your Why
One of the best tips I can give you when building any new habit is to know your WHY.
If you do not have a clear reason as to why you’re wanting to stay consistent with meditation, the war is over before it’s even begun.
Having a clear “why” helps you overcome many of the excuses that your mind will throw you throughout the journey.
Our bodies are like machines. They love routine and can be resistant to change.
The trick is to survive and push through the first week, which is often the hardest and most challenging part of learning a new habit.
During this time, your body will do everything in its power to resist, but you can beat these excuses and challenges with a strong why.
For example, you may want to start a meditation routine to:
- Feel less anxious and stressed during your day
- Have greater focus, decision making and performance at work
- Reduce the effects of chronic stress on the body
- Create a safe haven to unwind, relax and reflect before your busy days begins
- Become more self-aware by tuning into your body
- Be more spiritual or religious
Whatever your reason, keep it close to your heart.
Each morning as you wake up, remind yourself of WHY you are doing this and why you want to persist.
Once you make it over the hurdle of the first 1-2 weeks, you’ll notice that each day gets easier and your body will adjust to the new routine.
And, I can tell you from experience – the juice is worth the squeeze.
2) Meditate at the Same Time Every Say & Stick to it
When it comes to building any new habit, commitment and consistency are two of the most important things to strive for.
Start making meditation a non-negotiable in your day.
Commit yourself to a certain time in your day and stay consistent with it. That is the best way to build a meditation routine from home.
Avoid meditating sporadically and inconsistently. This will only cause you pain and is unlikely to bring you the benefits you’re after from your practice.
As you continue to meditate at the same time for consecutive days, your body will start to adjust. Eventually, you’ll find yourself waking up naturally at your desired time to start your meditation routine.
But like everything, it can take time to get there.
3) Identify the Type of Meditation You Like
The great thing about meditation is that there are many different types of meditation and meditation styles that you can try.
This means that you can choose a meditation that is best suited for your preferences and goals.
For example, If you:
- Want a relaxing or stress-relieving meditation you may prefer body scan meditation or mindfulness
- Are someone who likes music and vocals, you may like to try Mantra meditation.
- Struggle to sit still and can’t sit on the floor, moving meditations such as Thai-chi or yoga could be great options for you
When wanting to build a meditation routine, it’s important to identify a style that you like and find enjoyable.
Doing otherwise, will only cause you to procrastinate and dislike your practice. We don’t want that!
4) Make it Fun
If you treat meditation like a chore, it’s going to feel like one.
Rather than seeing it as another thing to tick off your to-do list, make it fun. Use your meditation practice as a chance to tune into your body and explore your mind.
You may like to listen to meditation music to settle the mind or do some stretches to relieve built up tension in your body.
Be kind to yourself. Avoid setting expectations or beating yourself up if your attention wanders.
Just enjoy the moment for what it is and go with the flow.
5) Mould it to Suit Your Lifestyle
There is often a misconception that you need to meditate for a certain length of time and at a certain time in your day to experience any benefits.
That ain’t true!
Unlike what many think, it is important to fit your meditation routing into your existing lifestyle. Too much change at once will only make creating the habit even harder.
- Does the thought of getting up earlier than your usual time scares you? Ok. Opt to meditate in the evening before bed.
- Need to take care of the kids and get them ready for school around 8:00am? Great, wake up 15-minutes earlier and do a 10-minute meditation.
- Do shift work or night shift? Ok cool, find a time to meditate during the day or after you wake up
Whatever your situation or lifestyle is, make it work. There are endless possibilities on what you can do.
It’s up to you to experiment with meditating at different times in the day and discover what works best for you and your lifestyle.
In addition to finding the right time to meditate, there’s also no rule for how long you should meditate for.
If you’re a newbie, 5 minutes is a great length to strive for. Then as you progress and meditate more regularly, you can gradually extend your sessions to 15-20 minutes.
You can’t base your expectations on what someone else may be doing around you. Instead, mould your meditation routine to suit your lifestyle and what is realistic.
How to Build a Meditation Routine
If you would like some help, guidance or accountability whilst building your meditation routine, I can definitely help you out.
We offer an online course specifically tailored to beginners to help them learn:
- How to meditate
- How to get comfortable with the right meditation posture and pose
- Handy meditation resources for beginners to support your journey
- How to use meditation to relieve stress and anxiety
- And best of all: How to actually BUILD a consistent Meditation Routine
In this course, Journey to Calm, I share important tips when meditating as a beginner and also guide you through 14 days of meditation, including guided meditation, to help you start simply and seamlessly.
If you’re wanting to start your meditation journey, also ensure to grab your FREE copy of our Meditation for Beginners Checklist.
In this checklist, I break down the basics of meditation into 7 simple steps that you can follow from home.
It’s a great place to start if you’re new to learning about meditation.
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