Put your mind at ease

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It’s an undeniable truth that we are too busy. We never feel as though there are enough hours in the day and rushing to accomplish everything on our personal and professional to-do lists is the norm. It’s difficult to dedicate time for ourselves, but that’s exactly why we should all try a bit harder.

Recently, I’ve found that meditation has been a great way to slow down. But before you say, ‘I can’t make the time’, consider this: you just finished a task at work and need a quick break so you grab your phone and scroll through social media. Before you know it, you’ve wasted 15 minutes and now it’s on to the next project. Was that really the energizing break you needed? Maybe not!

One reason I love meditation is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. It doesn’t take long to feel the benefits either, which includes decreased stress and increased happiness. I’ve also found that I’m more aware of my thoughts and actions after meditating and have more control over my emotions. But perhaps best of all, it’s completely free!

If you’re just starting out with a daily meditation practice, here are a few tips that I found to be especially helpful:

  • Find a quiet, comfortable spot wherever you are. Some people may choose to lie down, I prefer sitting.
  • Start small - even 5 minutes per day will make you feel better! Don’t worry so much about time, think quality over quantity.
  • Breathe naturally, and focus on each inhalation and exhalation.
  • Most importantly, go easy on yourself! It’s okay if your mind wanders a little.

Should you find yourself in need of more assistance, try apps like Headspace and Calm, or even a smartwatch. Happy meditating, everyone!

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