How Long Should I Meditate to See Results?

How Long Should I Meditate to See Results?

You can start noticing benefits within just a few weeks of consistent practice, typically around 10-20 minutes a day. The length of time required can vary based on individual goals and the type of meditation practiced.

Meditation has surged in popularity as a powerful tool for enhancing mental and physical well-being. Yet, one common question persists: "How long should I meditate to see results?" Understanding the answer to this question can help set realistic expectations and foster a consistent meditation practice. 

In this article, we will explore how long you should meditate, how to start, common challenges, meditation techniques and benefits. You will find practical tips for starting your meditation journey.


How Long Should I Meditate for Optimal Results?

Short Sessions, Big Benefits

Starting with short sessions of around 10-15 minutes daily can yield significant benefits.  Many research suggests that even brief daily meditation can enhance attention, reduce stress, and improve emotional health. 

Tip: Are you beginning?
👉 Shorter sessions are less intimidating and easier to fit into a busy schedule.
👉 Guided meditation using a video (youtube) with headphones will get you off to a great start!

Gradual Increase

As you become more comfortable with meditation, gradually increase your session length. Aim for 20-30 minutes per day, which many experts consider an optimal duration for profound benefits. This extended time allows deeper relaxation and mindfulness, further enhancing the positive effects.

Consistency Over Duration

Consistency is more crucial than the duration of each session. Meditating for 10 minutes daily is more beneficial than a single 60-minute session once a week. Regular practice builds a habit and allows for cumulative benefits to develop over time.

I personally meditate between 20 to 30 minutes daily. I find consistency being the key to my practice. If you are new to my blog or are curious about this subject, you can find more information in my other article: Meditation Techniques for Beginners.


How Long Should I Meditate Per Day?

The 20-Minute Sweet Spot

For most people, 20 minutes per day is a sweet spot. This duration strikes a balance between being manageable for busy schedules and being long enough to facilitate significant mental and physical health benefits.

Listening to Your Body and Mind

It's essential to listen to your body and mind. Some days you might feel the need for a longer session, while other days a shorter session suffices. The key is to remain flexible and adjust according to your current needs and circumstances.



How to Meditate and how to start?
Set up, step by step & habit creation👇:

Choose a Comfortable Space

Select a quiet, comfortable space free from distractions. This could be a dedicated meditation corner or any peaceful spot in your home.

Find a Comfortable Position

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Ensure your spine is straight, and your body is relaxed. You can sit on a chair, cushion, or directly on the floor, whichever is most comfortable for you.

Focus on Your Breath

    Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Focus on the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. When your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breath.

    Meditation and Breathwork can work as a great combo and accelerate the benefits both practices have to offer. I will write more on the topic of Breathwork, but if it sparked your interest you can read Well-being with Breathwork Bliss and Meditation.

    Use a Guided Meditation

      For beginners, guided meditations can be incredibly helpful. These are available through apps, websites, or videos and can provide structure and guidance as you start.

      Set your time limit. It can be the length of the video, length of a song or simply having a gentle alarm on your phone.

      Be Patient and Kind to Yourself

        Meditation is a skill that takes time to develop. Be patient with yourself and don't get discouraged by a wandering mind or difficulty in maintaining focus. With consistent practice, it will become easier.

        Set Realistic Goals

          Start with realistic, achievable goals. Committing to 5-10 minutes of meditation daily is a good starting point. As you get more comfortable, you can gradually increase the duration.

          Create a Routine

            Incorporate meditation into your daily routine. Meditating at the same time each day can help establish a habit. Morning and evening are common times for meditation, but choose a time that works best for you.

            Use Resources

              Take advantage of the many resources available for beginners. Meditation apps like Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer offer guided meditations, courses, and tips for establishing a practice.

              Consider joining a meditation group or community such as a yoga class or online mediation meetup. Practicing with others can provide support, motivation, and a sense of accountability.

              Track Your Progress

                Keeping a journal can help track your progress and reflect on your experiences. Note any changes in your mood, stress levels, and overall well-being.



                Addressing Common Challenges in Meditation

                Dealing with a Busy Mind

                A busy mind is common, especially for beginners. Instead of fighting your thoughts, acknowledge them and gently bring your focus back to your breath. Breathe in, breathe out.

                No attempt is a failure. Just the simple fact that you showed up for yourself shows dedication and you’ll be proud you did.

                Not everyday will be the same. Over time, your ability to maintain focus will improve.


                Finding Time

                Finding time for meditation can be challenging in a busy schedule. I recommend doing it first thing in the morning. Maybe it means to set-up your alarm clock 10 min earlier than usual or a reminder? Give it a try! 

                Tip #1: I love the App RespiRelax+; it really helped me greatly in my early days to stay present with my breath. 

                Tip #2: The goal here, by doing it in the morning, is not to build a mental checklist of all the things you have to do today! So take this precious time to do nothing but breathe in and breathe out 😊.

                Start with short sessions and if you like it, gradually increase the duration. Even a few minutes of mindfulness during breaks can be beneficial.


                Managing Expectations

                Meditation is not a quick fix but a gradual process of cultivating mindfulness and inner peace. The benefits may take time to become noticeable.

                Staying motivated can be difficult, especially when starting. Remind yourself of the benefits of meditation and how it positively impacts your life. 

                Tip: I personally love to read books on various related topics and acquiring fundamental knowledge keeps me motivated 😊.

                Advanced Meditation Techniques

                Mindfulness Meditation

                  Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Focus on your breath, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. This practice can be done anywhere, anytime, and helps cultivate a state of mindfulness throughout the day. 

                  Simple Mindfulness Techniques can be found here. 

                  Loving-Kindness Meditation

                    Loving-kindness meditation involves directing feelings of love and compassion towards yourself and others. This practice can enhance emotional well-being, reduce stress, and improve relationships.

                    Body Scan Meditation

                      Body scan meditation involves focusing on different parts of your body, from head to toe, and observing any sensations. This practice can promote relaxation and increase body awareness.

                      Transcendental Meditation

                        Transcendental Meditation (TM) involves silently repeating a mantra to achieve a state of deep relaxation and inner peace. TM requires instruction from a certified teacher and is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day.

                        Guided Visualization

                          Guided visualization involves visualizing a peaceful scene or setting to promote relaxation and stress relief. This technique can be especially helpful for those who struggle with maintaining focus.


                          Mindfulness. Presence. Without. Judgement. T-Shirt


                          The Benefits of Meditation

                          Before diving into the specifics of how long you should meditate, it's essential to understand the myriad benefits of meditation. Regular meditation practice can lead to:

                          • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Meditation helps lower cortisol levels, the stress hormone, resulting in a calmer mind.
                          • Improved Focus and Concentration: Mindfulness meditation enhances attention and reduces mind-wandering.
                          • Better Emotional Health: Meditation promotes a positive mood and emotional stability.
                          • Enhanced Self-Awareness: It fosters a deeper understanding of oneself and can improve self-esteem.
                          • Improved Sleep: Meditation can aid in falling asleep faster and improving sleep quality.
                          • Physical Health Benefits: Regular practice can lower blood pressure, improve heart health, and boost the immune system.

                          Meditation is a powerful practice that can lead to profound mental and physical health benefits. While the optimal duration for meditation can vary based on individual needs and goals, starting with just 10-20 minutes a day can lead to noticeable results within a few weeks.

                          Consistency is key, and with regular practice, meditation can become a transformative part of your daily routine. By following the tips and techniques outlined in this article, you can begin your meditation journey and experience the numerous benefits it offers.

                          Remember, the most important aspect of meditation is to make it a regular practice. Whether you start with just a few minutes a day or longer sessions, the key is to remain patient, consistent, and compassionate with yourself.

                          Happy meditating! 🌸⭐️☮️

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