Meditation is a calming practice that reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases self-awareness. It plays an important role to ensure that we are in a stable state of mind despite emotional shifts and challenges faced on a daily basis. As a result, many people have made meditation part of their daily routine. But, if you are juggling a busy schedule, fitting meditation into your hectic lifestyle can seem tricky, or even impossible.
In ideal conditions, meditation is best practiced at a specific hour each day while seated on a comfortable cushion in a serene place. But, between taking care of your kids, attending to never ending house chores, running a business or going to work and giving your spouse their fair share of attention, meditating can easily be the last thing on your mind.
If you really want to reap the benefits of meditation despite leading a busy lifestyle, some flexibility will be required. This means shifting from traditional practices and finding opportunities to meditate amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. Feeling up to the task? If so, here are a few tips on how to fit meditation into a busy life.
#1: When Commuting
If you spend several minutes in a bus or train every day when commuting to and from home, this can be an excellent time to meditate. The only challenge to expect is traffic noise, but you can overcome that through guided visualization or breathing based meditation techniques using a smartphone app. Meditating in a public transit vehicle should be feasible since you won’t be preoccupied with driving. If you are going to use a subway train, ensure to board it early enough and grab a seat as it will be easier to meditate while seated.
#2: Inside the Car
For those who drive a lot, there will be moments when you are stuck sitting in a parked car. This can be when you arrive ten or fifteen minutes earlier at the workplace, during pickup duty or while waiting for someone in a meeting. Those are perfect opportunities to squeeze in some meditation time. It may be helpful to have a meditation CD and play a guided session track that is appropriate for the time you have at hand.
#3: At Your Work Desk
Meditating at your work desk can work if you take advantage of any available free time. For example, you can use part of your lunch break to clear and refresh your mind. All you have to do is plug in your headphones into the computer, shut the office door and log into your favorite YouTube meditation channel or play some soothing tunes while taking deep breaths.
#4: Before Sleeping
After a busy day, it helps to wind down and ease the mind. Meditating before going to sleep clears thoughts and helps you to let go of mental clutter of the day. Practicing mindful meditation at bedtime not only frees the mind of stress, it also prepares the body for a good night’s sleep.
With the tips shared above, it is possible to fit meditation into a busy day. It takes time to get used to meditation on the go. But, with time and consistence practice, you will reap the benefits that meditation has to offer.