Life is so busy! It seems like every minute is accounted for. There is always something to do, somewhere you should be, or someone you should be with. So how on earth are you meant to get to that amazing zen place that meditation takes you to?
Mindfulness and meditation are proven factors that increase your health and wellbeing. For the best results, you should try and practice them every day. But who has time for that? I know I don’t have a spare half an hour lying around that I can meditate in!
The great thing about mindfulness is that it doesn’t have to be a stand alone activity. You can actually use some of the dead time in your day for mindfulness. Sound good? Let me tell you more…
Why Are Mindfulness And Meditation So Important?
Mindfulness and meditation are a calm and rejuvenating spot in your day. They use a therapeutic technique that allows you to focus on the present moment, acknowledging your body’s thoughts feelings and sensations while doing it.
Mindfulness not only teaches you to value the moments that you have, but it also has benefits for your mental function and overall health. Along with meditation, it has been proven to help…
- Your relationships and how you interact with others
- Reduce stress and inflammation
- Decrease depression and anxiety
- Improve focus
- Build new brain cells
- Improve your immunities to germs and disease
So let me guess, you definitely want to fit this into your day now right?
Why Do We Struggle To Fit It In?
Meditation usually requires you to sit still, silent and focused for an extended time period. That is a hard practice to adopt when your life involves rushing from one task to the next. Therefore, you don’t prioritise it as a good way to use your time.
You might also find it hard to sit uninfluenced by external stimulations like technology. So instead of trying to set aside 30mins for the often anxiety-inducing inward examination of mindfulness, start small.
Sneak Mindfulness In
There are no rules that say you must practice mindfulness or meditation for an hour a day to make it effective. It is better to do small chunks here and there than none at all.
Embrace the basic principles throughout your day - focus on your breathing, let your thoughts flow without judgement, and live in the current moment. You don’t even need to find a zen, retreat-like place to do this. Do it in a traffic jam, when you are waiting in line, when you are on the bus or train, on your morning tea break, while you are walking the dog, or even while you are doing the dishes.
Fit these moments of mindfulness into your day where you can, 1 or 2 minutes here and there can be good practice for helping you work towards a longer mindfulness session. Just get used to working it into your routine now and you will begin to see the benefits.
One last pointer is to stay offline when it comes to meditation and mindfulness. Yes, there are lots of apps out there that will help to transport you to a zen environment. But it seems somewhat ironic to turn to your device when you want to switch off and get in tune with your thoughts.
If you love apps, you don’t have to discount the meditation ones completely. One good way to use them is as an alternative to checking Facebook or Instagram once or twice a week. You should rely on your own powers of concentration for your regular mindfulness routine.