The fast pace of modern life leaves many of us craving some peace and quiet.

So many of us are busy with various commitments, which can lead to stress, anxiety or burnout.

Yet, psychotherapist and yoga/meditation instructor Eloise Skinner, insists meditation may be the key to reducing negative emotions, increasing creativity and patience, as well as helping you to gain perspective. Read on for some top tips for taking up the practice.

Take it slow

Start slowly to avoid turning meditating into an intimidating task as it can be daunting. Eloise recommends starting with "as little as five minutes a day" and incorporating it into your normal daily routine.

Get comfortable

According to the psychotherapist, a simple meditation practice should include sitting in a comfortable position "without distractions". Try to find a quiet room where you are able to fully focus on the practice.

Close your eyes and breathe

Once you are comfortable, "close your eyes, or simply 'un-focus' your gaze". The next step is to focus on your breath.

"Without trying to control or organise the breath, just observe the inhale and exhale, seeing if you can notice the details of the sensations. For example, you could ask yourself: does the breath feel heavy or light, warm or cool, fast or slow?" she noted.

You should focus on your breath for a few rounds and continually "bring yourself back to your point of focus whenever your mind wanders".

Stretch it out

Once you feel that your meditation is done, take a quick moment to stretch your body.

"Give your shoulders a quick stretch and then slowly return to your day," Eloise suggested. "The practice itself can often be challenging, demanding and uncomfortable. But, over time, you'll start to feel the benefits of a consistent practice: a more grounded sense of connection to the self, and perhaps reduced feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelm."

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