Mediation has proven to be an effective way to improve anxiety, depression and overall quality of life. There are misconceptions about meditation that often scare people away from trying to incorporate meditation into their lives. A common misconception is the idea that one has to sit still and completely clear their minds. Meditation, which is often referred to as mindfulness, is simply the act of distracting the mind into something simple and away from your stresses. Below are 3 easy ways to incorporate meditation into your schedule.
- Turn off your phone. Technology is a constant stress and tug on our lives. A study recently showed that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. Phones are often too demanding of our time, but we never intentionally take a break. Set a time that works for you and turn off your phone, even just an hour. This will allow you to be present for your family, or allow you to have quality quiet time.
- Breathe. Take long deep breaths. Fill up your lungs, exhale slowly and completely. Breathing deeply lowers your blood pressure and by taking the time to focus on your breath, your mind will pull away from your daily to do list.
- Turn your chores into something better. Whether it be your commute to work or doing the dishes after dinner, find a way to escape. Perhaps you notice the scenery on your commute or enjoy the calming sounds of the running dish water. This is a great way to turn a mundane task into inner peace.
Don’t let your busy schedule get in the way of bettering your quality of life. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference.