Between work, family, friends and other personal commitments, it might be hard to find time to just be yourself. This is a real shame because being ourselves is one of the most important things we can do.

So, it is important we accept taking a break for ourselves not as being selfish or as “wasting” time, but rather as something essential for connecting to ourselves, unlocking our full potential and improving our overall well-being. Taking a break from work to practice one of the world’s oldest relaxation techniques, meditation, is a great way to improve wellness. Let me show you why you should be taking time out of your day to meditate.

Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation offers so much more than just better focus. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • It promotes higher levels of emotional well-being. Meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety as it forces you to focus on the current moment rather than the past or future. It allows you to be more aware of your surroundings and to take a step back from your current problems, which gives you much better objectivity. For some people, meditation has helped decrease depression and other mood disorders.
  • It improves the mind. Not only does meditation help improve focus, but it also helps promote creativity. So if you’re stuck on a problem or feel like you’re missing something, meditation can help get you past those roadblocks.
  • It keeps you healthy. Stress is linked to all sorts of health problems. Meditation can be a big help in reducing stress, which improves your overall level of wellness.

Even if you’re not stressed, meditation can still offer plenty of benefits. If nothing else, it’s a great way to relax and give your eyes and mind a break from the constant activity around you. In such a fast-paced world, where we’re attached to our phones 24/7, I find having even one minute of peace and tranquility is all I need to reconnect with myself and remind myself who I want to be.

Try Quick Meditation

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It’s easy to see that meditation can be a great addition to your life, but our busy lives often make it tough to make room for this healthy activity. It’s easy to feel like there’s not enough time and meditation is often the last thing I think of on a busy day. However, if I pile too much work on top of myself, it consumes me, and I forget who I am and what I am doing. One way to prevent this from happening is to practice “quick meditation.”

It’s incredibly easy and requires nothing more than a timer. The steps are fairly straightforward:

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Get comfortable in your chair.
  3. Breathe slowly and focus on your breath.
  4. Don’t worry if your mind slips to a work problem or random thought. Just gently nudge yourself back to your breathing. Counting your breath can keep your mind from wandering.

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And that’s it. After the time is up, I go back to work or move on to another project. If you’re new to meditation, there are loads of videos on YouTube you can watch or listen to for guidance, even if there are content restrictions at your workplace. Stepping away from your work for a few minutes to do some guided meditation or even to just relax to some ambient sounds can have a big impact on your mental and emotional state.

It’s easy to think we have more important things to do in life, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, our health and well-being will always fall by the wayside. By taking a few minutes each day to relax and to mediate, you are setting yourself up for a healthy and productive lifestyle.

xo,

Lauren

 

* About the Author: Caroline is a writer who enjoys writing about health and wellness. She is a firm believer in the “healthy mind, healthy body” philosophy. As an advocate of healthy living, she enjoys practicing yoga, Pilates and, of course, mindful meditation. She has gone on several yoga retreats to improve the connection between her mind and body and now practices some zazen at home.