Most of us already know the benefits of meditation. Reducing stress, improving sleep, increase in happiness and self-awareness are the most commonly reported (and much needed) benefits of practicing mindfulness. However, many of us still have yet to find time to incorporate it into our busy schedules.
In a city where work deadlines and societal pressure are all too frequent, it seems borderline impractical to schedule time to feel as if your doing nothing when there is still so much to get done. While mindfulness may seem as something only practiced by yogis, Buddhists, or monks, people from diverse backgrounds can benefit from this form of therapy. According to scientific research, meditation reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying.
With so many different forms of meditation, it can be difficult to decide how, when, or even where to start. Here are three ways I began to incorporate mindfulness into my very busy schedule. Trust me, it’s much easier to begin than you think!
Meditate On The Go
I am a big advocate for the Calm App, an easy and convenient way to practice beginner to advance meditation techniques for sleep and stress reduction on the go. I normally plug in my headphones, close my eyes and do Calm in the morning on my train ride in to work. I appreciate the various techniques and areas you’re able to focus on all in one place. This app even keeps track of how long you meditate for over time. In one week I was surprised to find that I meditated for over two hours!
Meditate With A Friend
Instead of grabbing a drink or bite to eat, bond on another level with your friends and meditate. More recently I took my mentor to Inscape, a guided meditation class to produce productivity, reduce stress and improve sleep. I appreciated the serenity, modern design and incorporation of technology in their studio. Their space is so quiet, away from the outside noise and distractions. It’s easy to forget that you’re in the heart of New York City!
Make Meditation Your Exercise
As it is important to exercise your body and bones, it is equally imperative to exercise your brain. I’ve started incorporating at least one day for yoga, mindfulness and meditation into my weekly exercise routine. In doing so, I ensure that I am actively training my brain for the better.