Many individuals have started working from home for the first time. As you adjust to these new circumstances, you must practice self-care. Meditation can be a part of that, so let’s talk about how you can take up the practice.
The first thing you’ll need to figure out is where you can go in your living space where you won’t be disturbed when you meditate. Whether you have a house, apartment, or some other domicile, you’ll need to go to a room where you can sit or lie down and feel comfortable. That might be a bedroom, a living room, a rec room in a finished basement, or something along those lines.
It would be ideal if your space did not allow for much penetration by outside noise. If you can still hear the honking of car horns or chatter from the next-door apartment, you will not be able to get in a meditative headspace.
You should choose a time of day to meditate, and add it to your routine. It might be in the morning before you start work, or perhaps you prefer in the middle of the day. You might opt for an evening meditation session to help you wind down and close out the workday.
Whichever option you choose, though, make sure that you tell your partner, spouse, children, or whoever else with whom you live that you’re not to be disturbed during your quiet time. You can explain to them that it’s vital for your mental health and wellbeing that you get a little time to yourself. Your family should understand.
There are different types of meditation, and there are dozens of books that you can read about it or apps that you can try. You can certainly look into those, but the actual act of meditation doesn’t have to be complicated at all. A simple way to start is to either sit or lie down in a position in which you will be comfortable. Close your eyes and be aware of your breathing.
Breathe in very slowly for a count of ten, then out for ten. You can attempt to clear your mind, or you can allow thoughts to enter it, whichever makes you more comfortable. Start by meditating for ten minutes at a time. Later, you might try longer sessions. Try to be very aware of your physical, mental, and emotional state.
If you find this quiet time to be relaxing for you, then later, you might consider more purposeful meditation. For those who are just starting to work from home, though, this simple practice should help you to focus on your tasks throughout the day. You’ll likely find yourself communicating better with your loved ones as well.