We all know meditation is good for us, but how many of us practise often enough to really feel the benefits? Meditation is a great way to de-stress and focus the mind, while it also benefits us physically, reducing blood pressure. Practising every day is the goal but how do you fit regular meditation into your busy life? Read on for some tips of fitting a session of meditation into your day.
A beneficial meditation session need only take 20 minutes every day. Most of us should be able to manage this amount of time, so it is often giving the practice the priority it deserves. Whether your session should be at the beginning of the day, a quiet moment in the middle of the day or last thing at night, meditation should be a priority in your schedule.
By fitting a meditation session into your day, you will help to focus the mind and perform better in your daily activities. A mind that has experienced a meditation session will be better able to concentrate on any task, whether that is working at the office, out socialising with friends, at home playing online bingo games or reading your favourite book. A mindful and calm approach is always the best approach.
Morning and Evening Meditation
Some people can manage to fit in a meditation session into their morning by waking up a bit earlier. If you set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier, you will be able to find the time for a few minutes of focus, which can set your day off to a great start. This will help you feel better able to face the day with a calm and confident attitude.
If you can’t wake up earlier, you might find going to bed a little earlier allows you time to meditate before going to sleep. Head upstairs 20 minutes earlier than normal to fit this in. Meditating at night isn’t so good if you are exhausted though, because you might fall asleep instead! If you are successful with either the morning or night meditation, you could try to find time for both for even better results.
Mini Meditations for a Sense of Calm
If you can’t face waking up earlier and don’t have time at night, it is possible to fit in meditation techniques into your day in smaller doses. For example, you could have a mini meditation session for a few minutes throughout your day. This can help to achieve lasting focus and a relaxed attitude. During any repetitive task, you can enter a meditative state. Count your breaths and focus on the moment – if the task is repetitive you don’t need to make decisions, so this is perfect for a few moments of calm.
You can also fit mini meditations into other activities, such as walking. Walking is a great time to meditate as you can breathe in time with your steps to help achieve a deep sense of calm. This can even be done on shorter walks, such as walking down the corridor at work or along the aisle at the supermarket. Similarly, meditation is also possible while running and exercising in general, as you can focus solely on your body and its movements.
Another helpful technique is to mark small transitions or changes as a way to become mindful and explore a few seconds of meditative focus. You could find your transition physically, such as when entering a new room, or it could be through actions such as making a cup of tea or closing a computer program. Any change in task or environment gives you the opportunity to take a pause and a few breaths and re-focus the mind.
By exploring these ideas you should be able to find a morning, an evening or a moment during the day to fit in a meditation session. Even the smallest moments of meditative focus and controlled breathing can de-stress your body and mind and help you achieve a sense of inner calm.