I randomly woke up one morning and decided to start meditating.
I got this app on my phone where you can either do guided meditation (someone will talk you through it), or just set your background music and your time limit. The app is called "Calm" and if you decide to start meditating, this will definitely motivate you to do it almost everyday, if not everyday.
From meditating, I have realized how much my mood has improved and I really have got to learn a lot about myself that I don't think I would have known without this. I think it's good to have time daily with yourself and really get to know who you are. I try and meditate 10 minutes a day. When I feel really stressed, I just go and meditate. Sometimes it makes me fall asleep, but once my time is up, I feel so much better and ready to take on the day.
I have found that the best time to meditate for me is right when I wake up, but I'm sure this would also be great to do at night to help you wind down from your busy day. The sounds that come on this app are very relaxing. My favorite is the beach sound. It honestly puts me in the mindset of laying on the beach and who doesn't love the beach!
When starting out meditating, it is good to really focus on you (if you get the app and do the tutorial it will explain all of this to you in more detail).
Some good things to do while meditating-
1. Pick one Bible verse and really focus on it and dissect the meaning of it (I promise you will get a whole different meaning out of it than what you thought of it before)
2. Count (this will relax you and your mind will eventually just start wondering and you will come up with some really creative ideas)
3. Ask yourself questions. This may sound a little silly, but try it! This is how you get to know yourself! Ask deep, deep questions.
Also, if you light a candle while meditating, especially a lavender scented one, you will feel even more unstressed when you are done!
If you have a pretty stressful life, or feel like you just need to get to know yourself a little bit more you should definitely try this!
10 minutes a day to happiness:)