It has been scientifically proven that meditation benefits one’s mental health. In a world of unavoidable stress with work, loved ones, and so forth, fitting meditation into a daily routine is a stress factor that can be avoided. Here are ten ways to fit it into your busy schedule.
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1) Download An App
Nowadays there is an app for everything, and that includes meditation. Whether you are studying at the library, stuck working late at the office, or are getting ready to start your day, a quick meditation period can be achieved by taking out your phone and working on an app guided period anywhere from a minimum of five minutes to whatever time you have available. This type of meditation is called guided meditation.
2) Try Mindfulness Meditation
If you are the type of person that is not much of a listener, there are some simple exercises that you can easily remember how to do and work into your daily routine just like brushing your teeth or fixing your hair. This is called mindfulness meditation. Focus on the present. Mindfulness (fill in the blank as you please) is a technique that involves how something feels, looks, smells, etc. It is all about using your five senses. Are you eating fruit? Instead of eating it as you usually would, stop and observe everything about it and it only. This is how you bring the various aspects of your mind together to one place.
3) Check Your Body
Body scanning is something that can be done while you are riding the train or subway back home, in a parked card before an important event, or while you are trying to fall asleep. It is a technique that can be done sitting down or lying down. Start from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Slowly start observing how every part of how your body feels.
4) Tune In
Instead of trying to forget everything around you, concentrate on the current moment you are in. Are you at a long line at the supermarket? What are the sounds around you? How do the people in front of you look? These might seem like obvious answers, but focusing on the details of what is around you allows your mind to come at peace.
5) Memorize a Mantra
The easiest and most familiar form of meditation is mantra meditation. The basis of this involves you repeating a calming word or phrase. This is something you might do internally before a job interview or anxious situation. It would be best to be in a cross-legged sitting position for this exercise. The darker the room the better. Let your breath go as it pleases before and after you repeat your mantra. You will notice that sooner than later your mind will come at peace.