Written by: Tayler Sawchuk

It’s the time of year where fall begins to transition to winter. The season of shorter days, colder air, and staying cozy inside. Looking at the bigger picture, winter truly is the season to relax, slow down, and allow the body to rest. We see this in nature when animals go into hibernation, plants slow or stop their growth cycles and life overall begins to slow down. Things like going to bed earlier, staying in more, and eating warming foods are more appealing than ever. It’s the perfect time to come back to (or begin!) a meditation practice. Meditation can help quiet the mind, let go of stress, and release what is no longer serving you. Just as the trees shed their leaves, now is the time for us to let go. Now more than ever, we may be holding on to fear, anxiety, and energy that is not serving our true selves. Check out these tips to get started on your meditation journey, and follow along with me in this Grounding Meditation on PROFI’s IGTV!

If meditation is new to you, here are 3 tips to help you get started!

  1. Create a safe space: Find somewhere in your home that you can dedicate to your meditation practice. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy. It can be a small cozy corner, or anywhere that is quiet and comforting to you. Set up a candle, a plant, some crystals, or a blanket. Make this space somewhere you feel comforted.
  2. Start small — mediations don’t have to be hours long. Begin with a 5-minute meditation or even less if that’s all the time you have. Don’t worry if you can’t stay focused, this will come. Guided meditations are a great place to start. Try out a couple to find what works for you!
  3. Stay connected to your breath. Feel each inhale come in through your nose. Notice your belly rise, your chest and your rib cage expand. Acknowledge each exhale as you release. Let go of any stagnant energy, physical tension in the body, and any stress in the mind. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.