As stressed out as most people are these days, it probably comes as no surprise that meditation is becoming increasingly popular. While there are a number of things you can do to get and stay healthy, given how much of an impact meditation can have on your stress levels, it’s something you should strongly consider adding to your daily routine. The question, then, especially if you’ve never done it before, is how?

Fortunately, that’s an easy question to answer. Below, you’ll find a few meditation techniques that are incredibly easy to use and won’t take up a huge chunk of your day:

  • Visualization – Turn your mind inward. Close your eyes and visualize your life exactly as you want it to be. Where are you? Sitting on a beach? In a hammock? Enjoying the beauty of a sunset? Whatever your personal ideal is, see it vividly in your mind’s eye and enjoy the way it makes you feel. When you open your eyes, you’ll be calm, centered and focused.
  • Music Therapy – Fifteen minutes a day spent listening to your favorite soothing music can do wonders not just for your soul, but for your stress levels as well. If you don’t enjoy soft, lilting music, try nature sounds, which have the same impact.
  • Gazing – Instead of turning your thoughts inward, turn out all the lights and focus on a single point. A candle works wonders in this case. Clear your mind and focus exclusively on the candle until the whole world seems to fade away, and nothing but the candle exists. Clearing your mind in this manner will relax and refresh you in ways that almost defy explanation.

Meditation can be as simple or as complex as you’d care to make it. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on your floor chanting mantras, but if that sounds appealing to you, you certainly can! Whatever form your meditation takes, the important thing is that you do it every day.