Life moves fast. Every day we juggle multiple tasks, devoting our focus to any number of things that can drain us, emotionally and physically. A great way to recharge is to take a few moments to yourself in meditation. Spending a few minutes each day meditating can have surprising benefits. This ancient practice has been proven to ease angst and anxiety, relieve stress, improve mood and increase focus.
When we meditate, we experience our mind, and ourselves, differently. Daily meditation helps fosters a broad sense of self-awareness, leading to positive, lasting changes in your brain. There are many ways to weave mindfulness into your day that support your schedule and help you stay connected. Amid the chaos of everyday life, you can experience clarity and relaxation.
Here are five easy ways to integrate meditation into your daily life
1. Simply Breathe
The first step to integrating meditation into your day is to simply observe your breath. There is nothing more effective to ease stress and nerves than deep, focused breathing. Sit or lay comfortably, close your eyes and breathe deep. Concentrate on your breath. Notice the sensation each breath brings to your body. If outside thoughts slip into your mind, acknowledge them, but return your focus to your breathing.
2. Put Some Zen in Your Phone
Incorporating meditation into your life can be a challenge, but with the use of meditation apps, you can practice quite literally anywhere. Mobile apps such as Calm, Headspace and Buddhify are designed to give practical guided meditations for people on the go. These apps and others are an excellent option for people learning how to meditate, as they offer various types guided sessions and they can map your progress, which can help keep you motivated. With so many apps available, there is truly something for everyone.
3. Begin Your Day Mindfully
Once the day gets started, it can be difficult to make time for yourself and have some zen. Who says you can’t start your day relaxed and focused? Morning meditation is a great way to start your day mindfully and intentionally. You can even do it in bed, just as long as you do not fall asleep. Simply sit up comfortably, or lie down and like above, focus on the breath. This is a great time to turn on an app and let it guide you through the process.
4. Do Something You Love
Meditation doesn’t have to be still. Immerse yourself in an activity you love. Whether it is painting or coloring, hiking or running, cooking or playing music, a wholehearted focus on your favorite activities is a form of active mediation. When we concentrate deeply on an activity we enjoy, our endless streams of thoughts, problems, and worries mysteriously slip away. Afterwards, take note of how your mind and body feel. If you feel great, keep doing it!
5. Make It A Family Practice
Meditating is a wonderful activity for family time. Meditating with your children can help to instill a solid foundation for future practice, and it can be a great way to unwind after school or before bed. Young children can often be restless, making the quiet stillness of meditation a challenge. Yoga is a wonderful type of exercise to fuse with meditation since yoga is all about centering the mind with the body. Practicing mindfulness has benefits for the whole family, no matter your age!
Sometimes it can be difficult to clear your mind, focus on breathing or simply even find the time. Mediation is just like any other activity in life; it takes practice. Start with just a few minutes a day, and work up to longer lengths of time. Be patient with your progress, results won’t happen immediately, but every little bit counts and will eventually lead to an abundance of incredible mind and body benefits.
The team at BioElementis wants to know, how do you incorporate meditation into your day? Let us know in the comments, or send us an email.