Tired, busy, too much to do and not enough time?
With commitments to family, friends, work, and that hobby you really will get to next week, everything is go. From Cub Scouts to business gurus the best way to counteract this busyness is to be prepared. Take control of your morning and your day ahead will become much easier.
Meditation is the best way to take a little time for yourself and set your mind up for the day to come. Breathing is the foundation of all meditation, you can choose a style of practice and a length of time that suits you. By choosing to meditate in the morning, you can take advantage of this calmer, quieter time AND reap the rewards of starting your day focused and prepared.
Meditation, the cure to busyness.
Making you more:
- Focused – keeping your head clear from distractions
- Planned – helping you to decide what you want from the day ahead
- Positive – giving you more time and space to think so things really aren’t as bad as they may seem and you can do it
- Self-aware – with a better understating of your own needs and the impact you have on the people around you
- Able to Face challenges – remaining stress free as you don’t let the little things affect you as much
Boasting many lifelong benefits, meditation can improve your health whilst helping you to screen out distractions, be more productive, and take each day as it comes.
5 easy steps to morning meditation:
- Find a quiet, comfortable place for you to sit or lie where you won’t be disturbed. Set a timer (with something not too harsh for the alarm) so you won’t be worrying about how long you’ve got.
- With your eyes open but relaxed take 4 or 5 deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. On the final exhale close your eyes gently.
- Breathe more regularly, starting to count each inhale and exhale. In for 4 and out for 4 is a common pattern, or count to ten breaths and start again.
- Allow your mind to settle. Thoughts will come and go and you just let them. When you realise that you’ve been thinking about something else, bring your mind back to your breath and your counting.
- When the timer goes, allow for another couple of breaths, stretch a little, and open your eyes. Well done, you’re set for the day.
A really good tip is to make sure you’re prepared for your day the night before. Choose an outfit, prepare breakfast/lunch/snacks, pack your bag. This will help you have more time in the morning and free your thoughts for what you’d like to achieve rather than what niggly things you must do before you leave the house.
Remember that you’re learning a new skill. Try it for 30 days to see how you go, meditation is a practice – some days will be easier than others.
Credit: Guest blogger Sam Woolven