Meditation is a way of training one’s mind to achieve a mentally calm and clear way of being. And, with so much information out there, how do you know when you should meditate?
Should you meditate before or after a bath or shower? Many people find it more beneficial to meditate after showering or bathing. The shower or bath is a physical cleansing before the mental cleansing of meditation.
Meditating is a personal matter, and ultimately the best time to meditate—before a shower, after a shower, or another time of day—is really on a per person basis. Some find showering first is cleansing, refreshing, and a way of waking them up and starting the day. Others find showering first too relaxing to the point of falling asleep while attempting to meditate afterward. Below is a guide on when you should meditate and tips for bettering your experience!
6 Things To Consider Before Meditating and Showering
When learning something new, there is always something new to consider. Here are 6 things to consider before you begin meditating:
- Shower or bathe before meditating
- Meditate before showering or bathing
- Meditate while showering or bathing
- The angle between the earth and the sun
- Meditate first thing in the morning or the last thing before bed
- Exercise is important alongside meditation
#1 Shower or Bathe Before Meditating
Showering or bathing first is a way of physically purging yourself before mentally purging yourself. Taking a cool shower has benefits to your health, like improving your blood circulation. It can rejuvenate your body by preparing it for meditation.
Taking a hot bath soothes muscles, making you more relaxed and more susceptible to meditation. A shower or bath can also be used as a time for reflection, clearing your mind, and, in turn, make meditation easier and the experience better.
#2 Meditate Before Showering or Bathing
Some people find showering relaxing in itself rather than helping them to wake up. In some cases, showering is so relaxing, when they try to meditate after, they fall asleep making meditation difficult. If you find yourself too relaxed by showers, perhaps meditating before showering or bathing is the solution for you.
You can mentally calm yourself first by meditating and then rejuvenate your body by showering or bathing after.
#3 Meditate While Showering or Bathing
A technique known as the Wim Hoff method, named after the Dutch athlete Wim Hoff, is a form of meditation in which you do breathing exercises and take cold showers. Combining cold showers with meditation can improve your quality of life. This meditation technique can become part of your everyday life. Wim Hoff explains this method himself in this YouTube video:
#4 The Angle Between the Earth and Sun
There’s a theory that 4 am and 4 pm are the best times to meditate. During these times you can receive the best results because it is believed your pituitary and pineal glands are balanced due to the 60 degree angle between the earth and the sun.
If you can meditate at 4 am while there are less worldly distractions, that could be a great benefit to you in having a quiet environment.
#5 Meditate First Thing After Waking or the Last Thing Before Going to Sleep
When you first wake up can be a prime time to meditate because typically your mind has not had a chance to get caught up in the day’s tasks. This could also be beneficial in starting your day in a mentally purging, calming way instead of starting your day stressed by thinking about the tasks needing to be done for that day.
Meditating before bed could be a great way to clear your mind and relax to have better quality sleep. Life, in general, is so busy and chaotic between
- Making time for friends
Daily life can negatively affect sleep
- Making it harder to
- Fall asleep
- Stay asleep
- Creating bad quality of sleep
Meditating is a great way to relieve the stress from the day and make sleep easier to achieve and the quality better.
#6 Exercise is Important Alongside Meditation
Stress takes a mental and physical toll on your body. It has been proven stress can even make you more susceptible to colds. Exercise improves your overall health and is a natural stress-reliever.
A healthier, less stressed body is a happier, less stressed mind. A happier, less-stressed mind makes for better meditation.
However, if you choose to exercise right before meditating, remember to take a cool-down period to calm yourself before meditating to achieve the best results.
The Wind Down
Anytime you start anything new, there are things to consider; learning to meditate is no different. Below are 5 things you should keep in mind as you begin your journey on meditating.
- Be relaxed and have no distractions
- Avoid eating before meditating
- How you dress matters
- Create a routine
1. Be Relaxed and Have No Distractions
Being relaxed and having no distractions is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind about meditating. Take some time before meditating to relax your mind and calm your body. A tense, stressed body will make meditating difficult, if not impossible. You can do activities such as:
- Read a book
- Do a puzzle
- Go for a walk
- Listen to calming music
This is especially important if you have a busy, hectic life. You need ways to calm and relax your body and mind to live a healthier, more sound life.
2. Avoid Eating Before Meditating
It is advisable to avoid eating a short time before meditating because eating too much can leave you feeling too full or bogged down to focus on meditating. If you are hungry, eat a light meal, so you aren’t distracted by hunger but aren’t too bogged down to focus.
3. How You Dress Matters
Make sure you dress comfortably. If you’re not comfortable, you will be distracted, making relaxation from meditation difficult to achieve. Meditation clothes should be:
- Breathable, preferably cotton
- Soft and flexible
- Midway between tight and loose
- Soft colors
It is best to choose softer colors, like light blue, so your clothing is easier on your eyes and is not going to take away from the meditating atmosphere.
In time, your brain will attribute certain clothing with feelings or moods. The more often you wear certain clothing to meditate, your brain will begin to associate that clothing with feelings of calm and relaxation.
The environment you’re in is also important. A warm and inviting environment, free from noise or other distractions is key to proper meditation. Distractions will cause you to lose your focus, and instead possibly leaving you feeling frustrated and stressed, and not comfortable and relaxed. You can create a more relaxing environment by:
- Setting the right light brightness, maybe by having a few candles instead of a lamp or overhead light
- Burn incense
- Play music
If you do play music, make sure it is calming, relaxation music and it is quietly playing in the background, and not being loud and distracting.
You can design a room specifically for meditating. It can be a peaceful, backyard garden or a room in your house. As long as you are in a quiet environment away from any noises or distractions.
5. Create A Routine
Meditate the same time every day. Meditating is all about creating a balance within yourself and when you create routine, you become a more balanced person. Also, if you develop it as a routine, you are more likely to have it as a daily part of life and not something you need to remember to do. It can become as commonplace in your day as brushing your teeth or combing your hair! Allow yourself the time needed to adjust to learning something new and developing a new routine for meditating. Most importantly, find what works best for you!