Let’s face it, we all lead busy lives. Even when we’ve eliminated all those little timewasters and simplified our schedules, at the end of the day, we often find that we’re still crunched for time!
With school back in full swing and everyone returning to their regularly scheduled programs, life’s quickly becoming even busier, and we don’t have a lot of extra space in our planners. This is unfortunate, though, since amidst all of the chaos and busyness, still vitally it’s important to take time to step back and unwind.
Today, we’re focusing on meditation—the art of calming your mind and silencing the outside noises, even just for a moment. Taking time out to meditate can offer a number of benefits—stress reduction, clarity, and feelings of happiness—just to name a few!
While it might sound intimidating at first, taking a few minutes each day to meditate doesn’t always mean that you have to stop what you are doing and focus on a completely different task—and it doesn’t have to involve a half hour of yoga! The truth is that there are plenty of different ways that you can incorporate meditation into your day, and chances are there’s an option out there that’s perfect for you.
With this in mind, here are a few different ways you can incorporate some mindful meditation into your daily schedule to help you get the most from your day.
Start the Morning off Right
Many of us struggle to get out of bed in the morning. From hitting the snooze button to ignoring the alarm, temptations are rife! Consider instead, setting your alarm a few minutes early, and then using this time to meditate (and not fall back to sleep!). Begin your day by meditating on things that make you happy, and start your morning off in a positive way.
Decompress While Doing Mundane Tasks
While often, the mundane tasks or chores such as brushing your teeth or washing the dishes can be thought of as overwhelming timewasters, they can be great opportunities to unwind and decompress. To meditate while performing these mundane tasks, try to pay attention to what you are doing and how you are doing it. For example, we all have dishes to wash, right? Try to pay attention to the sound the water makes as it splashes into the sink. Think about the texture of the soap and the bubbles. Be aware and mindful of the process and let your mind escape from the cares and pressures of life, for a bit!
Nurture Yourself in Nature
“Life isn’t like a nutritional supplement commercial, with happy people hiking all day,” writes Wanderlust author Julie Balter in her article, 7 Ways to Easily Incorporate Meditation Into Your Life. “However, you can easily practice meditation almost anytime you step outdoors.” Try to spend some time in nature every day. Even enjoying a quick walk in the park, watching the clouds for a few minutes, or simply enjoying your patio garden can help you to get in tune with nature and feel more relaxed and centered as a result.
Get the Kids Involved
Taking a few seconds to ground yourself is important, but it’s important to teach these principals to your kids too! To get your kids connected, simply step outside! If you live in an urban area, consider visiting a grassy green park or heading out for a nature walk. Then, ask them questions such as, “What colors do you see? What do you feel and what do you hear?” Engaging all of their senses will help them to be more in tune and mindful of their surroundings.
Round the Day Off
Finally, end your day right by emptying your mind of all the heavy things. Take a piece of paper or a journal and start by writing all the things that are on your mind, both good and bad—things that are taking up space in your mind. By writing them down the negatives, you are telling your mind that it doesn’t need to keep reminding you of these things. They are written down somewhere safe and no longer need them to take up space in your mind. As for the positives, consider what you are grateful for or simply write down three things that went well today. Now that your mind is empty, you can sleep easier and more peacefully. (Just a quick side note—we can’t help but share that one of our favorite features about the Flagship Daily Planner by Day Designer is the daily gratitude prompt!)
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Meditation doesn’t have to be a long and complicated process. In fact, it can be as simple as you’d like it to be. By working to fit small and practical meditation techniques into your day, you’ll be able to easily work it into your schedule and start reaping the benefits that come when you take time to step back, relax, and decompress!