How to Start a Meditation Practice

We can't think of a better pairing than Dry January and a meditation practice. (Except maybe Dry January and Kally...) Meditation comes with a host of benefits, from better sleep to lower stress levels, similar to the benefits you'll see from ditching booze.

If you want to start meditation but don't know where to start, we're here to help. Consider this your beginner's guide to all things meditation. 

 

Create a schedule

Consistency is key when it comes to meditation. Block time in your calendar daily the same way you would for an appointment or meeting. And keep in mind, you only need a few minutes. You can start with just 5 or 10 minutes to get the benefits.

 

Set up your space

Create a space where you'll feel calm while meditating. Light a candle or incense. If noise is a distraction, try putting on some white noise (there are apps for this!) or wearing noise-canceling headphones.

 

Pick your position

You can meditate while sitting, standing, laying down or even while walking. Do what feels most comfortable to you.

 

Use a guide

If you're just getting started, try a guided meditation. With guided meditation, a teacher will walk you through what to do and help keep you motivated. We like the Headspace app for beginners.

 

Be kind to yourself

There's no right or wrong way to meditate, so don't beat yourself up if it takes time for you to find a way that works for you. If you need to try different times, days, places or apps, do it. It's all about creating a practice that fits your needs .

 

Looking for more rituals to try during Dry January? Read this.