Meditation as Self-Care For Your Life -- By Sharon Burch, APRN

Meditation is a self-care practice that brings greater and greater benefits over time. These include stress relief, relief from chronic pain, decreased anxiety, improved concentration, improved breathing and heart rate, and improved relationships.

If you've been thinking about learning to meditate, as Atma Clinic’s Holistic Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, I recommend starting with these nine simple steps:

  1. Find a quiet spot.

  2. Sit comfortably.

  3. Focus on your breath.

  4. Feel your breath going in and out.

  5. Simply notice the thoughts that arise.

  6. Gently return your attention to your breath.

  7. Aim for 5 minutes to start and increase the time as you feel inclined.

  8. Practice patiently every day.

  9. Relax and enjoy your experience.