Meditation 8 Meditation Techniques to Try Simple and Effective Strategies By Elizabeth Scott, PhD Elizabeth Scott, PhD Twitter Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on stress management, positive psychology, relationships, and emotional wellbeing. Learn about our editorial process Updated on July 29, 2020 Reviewed Verywell Mind articles are reviewed by mental health professionals. Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Megan Monahan Reviewed by Megan Monahan Megan Monahan is a certified meditation instructor and has studied under Dr. Deepak Chopra. She is also the author of the book, Don't Hate, Meditate. Learn about our Review Board Print Learning how to meditate can be very simple, and it's one of the best things you can do for your health and overall well-being. Meditation is an especially effective technique for stress relief because it enables you to relieve stress in the moment and to create changes in yourself that will help you to be less reactive to the stressors you face in the future. Learn how to meditate several different ways to see what approach works best for you. Learning how to meditate can be fun as there are so many meditation techniques that can be effective—if one style meditation doesn't feel right, another style will. 1 Mindfulness Meditation abu/ Getty Images Mindfulness meditation may be one of the more challenging forms of meditation for meditation novices, but it is a rewarding form that brings many benefits, both for the beginner and for those who practice regularly. For those just learning how to meditate, mindfulness meditation requires no props or preparation (no candles to light, mantras to choose, or techniques to learn); long-term practice can bring a calmer mind and less reactivity to stress. The key feature of mindfulness meditation is a focus on the present moment. Rather than focusing on something outside of oneself, mindfulness meditation requires a focus on "now." What Is Mindfulness Meditation? 2 Walking Meditation PBNJ Productions/Getty Images Learning how to meditate with a walking meditation is simple, and provides some of the relaxation benefits of exercise as well as the standard benefits of meditation. The key to a walking meditation is not just the walking itself, of course, it's the frame of mind in which you walk. Walking meditations can be fast or slow, can be practiced with a clear mind or with the aid of music or a mantra. Walking meditation is especially useful for those who like to stay active and may feel stressed with the silence and stillness of some of the other methods, like mindfulness meditation. How to Do a Walking Meditation 3 Mantra Meditation Doug Berry/Getty Images Mantra meditation is another simple technique for those who are new to meditation. It combines some of the benefits of positive affirmations with the benefits of meditation with the repetition of a single word or sound. Some people feel a little uncomfortable with the idea of repeating "om" or humming, but you can use whatever mantra you like. As with walking meditation, the key ingredient with mantra meditation is the meditative state you achieve and not necessarily the mantra you use, though it's a good idea to choose a mantra you're comfortable with. Use Mantra Meditation for Stress Relief 4 Mindfulness In Daily Life Rupert King/Getty Images Mindfulness can be cultivated in many ways throughout the day. Basically, staying fully present with whatever you are doing and maintaining a focus on the physical experience of the present moment can help you maintain mindfulness as you go through your day. There are ways to cultivate mindfulness, and as you're learning how to meditate, try to cultivate mindfulness as well—it can help you practice meditation more easily, and can fit into a busy schedule relatively easily. How to Become More Mindful in Your Everyday Life 5 Chocolate Meditation Kohei Hara / Getty Images When you're looking at how to meditate, here's a relatively quick and savory technique to try. The chocolate meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation that's often used in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes, is simple for beginners, engages several senses, and has a built-in reward of making the taste of chocolate feel more intense. Using dark chocolate for this exercise brings its own benefits. If you're looking for something simple and new, try the chocolate meditation. 8 Meditation Techniques to Try 6 Breathing Meditation Lisa Valder/ Getty Images Breathing meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation because of its ease and simplicity, as well as its convenience (breathing is always occurring, so it's a convenient anchor for meditation). The breath provides a natural focus that's unobtrusive, but always there, and creates a natural rhythm to get lost in. You can practice breathing meditation for a few minutes, or for longer, and always find relaxation. Reduce Your Stress with Karate Breathing Meditation 7 Bath Meditation Assembly/ Getty Images One soothing method for those looking at how to meditate is the bath meditation. A bath meditation combines the standard benefits of meditation with the benefits of a soothing, hot bath, which can relax tired muscles, provide a relaxing atmosphere, and allow a temporary feeling of escape from stressors. Being in the water can also help you to stay awake, something that is important but sometimes challenging if you're learning how to meditate when tired. Try a bath meditation, and be clean, relaxed, and ready for bed (or a low-stress day) when you're finished. Tips for Performing a Bathtub Meditation 8 Mini-Meditations Rupert King/Getty Images For those who feel they don't have time for full-length meditation sessions (20 minutes is a good average amount of time), or for those who would like to experience some of the benefits of meditation between longer sessions, mini-meditations (meditations around 5 minutes in length) are a great technique to try. Mini-meditations are very simple and fit in well with even the busiest of schedules. Learn how to meditate in shorter bursts, and work up to longer sessions, or just use this technique for quick and convenient stress relief. 5-Minute Meditation for Stress Relief By Elizabeth Scott, PhD Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on stress management, positive psychology, relationships, and emotional wellbeing. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.