More: The Overeating Meditation That'll Help You Slim Down
Indeed, meditation has been found to improve sleep, ease migraine symptoms, and even make you more creative.
So what’s the trick to perfecting your practice?
Check it off early. Though meditation is great any time of day, experts say that morning is an ideal time to get your zen on. Why? We’re more likely to stick to a routine in the morning than in the evening, and consistency is key.
Stake out your space. If you meditate in the same space every day, your brain will start to anticipate and prepare for it. Try sitting on the same cushion or in the same corner of your sunroom, and your mind may more readily enter a state of relaxation as a result.
Set a timer. It’s easy to start obsessing about how long you’ve been meditating -- which can defeat the purpose of practicing in the first place. Set a timer so your brain can relax.
Adapted from 20 Pounds Younger by Michele Promaulayko