Five Effortless Ways To Make Time To Meditate
Do you make time to meditate? Let’s be honest, life can get pretty busy… you might have a day-job to do, children to look after, pets to care for, a home to run, maybe even a business project on the side… and that’s before you’ve squeezed in a work-out, meeting friends and family and perhaps, maybe a little time to yourself? No wonder most people’s first reaction to the idea of meditation is: “I don’t have time for that!” Regular meditation can offer so many benefits to busy Mamas. It can help combat stress, improve physical health, ease chronic pain, help you sleep better, lift your mood and enable you to feel more peaceful and present in the moment. So, if you’re keen to make time to meditate, but struggle to find any time for me-time, here are five ways to squeeze meditation into your busy day.
1. Start seeing meditation as a treat rather than a chore
Rather than treating meditation as another thing to cross off your to-do list, try and view it as a special treat… something just for you. ‘Fitting something in’ feels like a chore, whereas ‘planning a treat’ is something to look forward to. This simple mindset shift will help you to feel much more protective over your meditation time. You can make meditation a real treat by creating positive environment in which to practice, set aside a little space in your home and fill with things that give you pleasure: candles, incense or perhaps fresh flowers.
2. Set aside a specific time each day
When wellbeing website Well + Good asked seven busy women how they managed to fit meditation into their day, most of them revealed that they set aside time first thing in the morning or last thing at night to meditate. “I begin and end each day with it—for 11 minutes—whether it’s on a yoga mat or my bed, when I first wake up or just before I go to sleep,” said Denise Mari, Founder of Organic Avenue.
3. Start small
Learning how to quiet your mind and meditate deeply takes time and practice, so don’t put yourself under pressure to get it right straight away. Start small, sitting quietly for a few minutes, focusing on your breath as your chest rises and falls. As you get more comfortable, slowly extend the time you meditate for.
4. Join a meditation group
If you really struggle to set aside time, try joining a local meditation group. Committing to a group practice will give you a set time and place for your meditation practice making it easier to schedule in to your busy day. You’ll have the benefit of support and advice from other group members as you begin your meditation journey and you might even make some amazing new friends too!
5. Look for pockets of free-time
If you take close look at your day, you’re bound to find small pockets of time when you can make time to meditate, or simply sit quietly. Those first few minutes after you awake, the bus or metro ride to work, the walk during your lunch hour, just after your work-out, even the first five minutes after you kiss your children goodnight and put them to bed. Instead of picking up your smartphone, why not close your eyes and enjoy a few moments of well-deserved me-time.
Written by Bohemian Mama