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Anyone practice meditation? What are some of the benefits and any recommendations on how to get started?

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Try the calm app - you can start with their 2 min / 5 min meditations . I always have the best sleep if I do it right before

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YouTube guided meditations. Headspace app. Start small with a short 5 min, then build to 10, then beyond. It takes practice like anything else, but the ability to refocus on your breath and center yourself in general is useful for coping with everyday stressful situations.

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I started with the HeadSpace app which provides a free trial of guided meditation. I think the benefits vary per person but I usually meditate for a big days (Interviews, Dates i want to rock, etc). Clears up the anxiety and stress. Most importantly it helps me gain perspective. My mind is cluttered with thoughts that run 10000 miles/hour and are always future oriented. Taking some time to focus on my breathing really helps me zone in and just be present in whatever situation

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Calm is free for the pdub fishies out there

Didn’t know that...That’s a really nice, (albeit small) perk/benefit

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I tried calm bc PwC pays for the premium subscription but it wasn’t for me. Headspace is amazing. I try to use it daily and have upgraded their premium plan. Really helps with relieving stress, increasing focus, and promoting better sleep

Insight Timer is free and has some great guided meditations in addition to music and talks. Some courses require payment but there are a ton of free ones. Have been a big fan of it. My hardest part has been consistency. Trying to build it into my routine right when I wake up (to be mindful and focused) and when I go to bed (to turn off my thoughts in order to sleep). Good luck, op

I try to every day. Don’t like guided so just set a timer for 10 minutes and clear my mind. Really helps in the morning. I feel different without doing it.

It's pretty simple and some people tend to over complicate it. Just sit down somewhere (quiet if possible) and focus on your breathing. That's it. As thoughts and distractions come, acknowledge them then go back to focusing on your breathing. No app required.

Cont... There are plenty of resources online or check out books like Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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