10 Tips for Meditating to Relax and Help Lupus Anxiety

There are many benefits to be gained through meditation, but beginners often struggle to develop a meditation practice. There is a lot of confusion around the simple but challenging practice. A few tips can make a significant difference if you want to join me in meditation.

Meditate more effectively and enjoy greater benefits:

  • You don’t need anything to meditate. It can be nice to have a proper cushion, loose fitting clothing, and a quiet location. However, you don’t need any of those things. You can meditate on the bus in your three-piece suit. You always have everything you need with you to meditate properly.
  • Start with mindful breathing. Other forms of meditation can require higher levels of focus and discipline. Arguably, mindful breathing is the most valuable form of meditation. Simply focus on your breathing. When your mind wanders, gently return your focus to your breath.
  • Move if you need to. That doesn’t mean squirm around in your seated position. Get up and take a walk instead. Be mindful in your walking. Ideally, you can find a peaceful location where you can still focus on your breathing, free from the worry of being run over by a car. The more distractions you have, the more challenging it will be. Sometimes you start to feel an anxiety attack coming on and you have no control over where you are. Focus on your breathing, listen to the breaths and if you really concentrate on this, you can tune everything else out and you will start to feel the calm slowly come over you.
  • Use a timer. Suppose you plan to meditate for 15 minutes. It can be very distracting to wonder how much time is left. So, you peek at the clock and mentally calculate how much time is left. Use a timer instead and keep your attention where it belongs.
  • Be mindful throughout the day. Use a timer app on your phone or computer to remind you to be mindful. Set the timer to notify you every 10 to 15 minutes. Take a few mindful breaths and return to your previous activity.