Bringing Balance Back Series: Finding Time to Meditate
Bringing Balance Back will be a monthly series on Diehard Foodie, by Kat Beck. Kat is my sister, best friend, role model and go-to expert for all healthy living outside of nutrition. We work together to support and better each other. I give her advice on healthy eating, and she gives me so much advice on other aspects of healthy living (that I sometimes neglect!) My hope is she will become your guru on these aspects, and bring more balance in your life as well.
Who has time to meditate?
Trust me, I get it. After working, cleaning, cooking, eating, exercising, sleeping and spending some quality time with my husband- where do I find time to meditate? Sometimes is seems as if there just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do. Then I realize that I am enough exactly as I am, and checking every single thing off my to do list won't bring me any sense of TRUE peace. I figured out what does though: sitting still for 15 minutes (aka meditation).
Exercising your mind is just as essential as exercising your body.
I could spend all day listing the benefits you will undoubtedly gain from creating a meditation habit, but I'd rather spend your time helping you figure out how to add this habit into your life.
Tips to make time to meditate:
1) Wake up 15 minutes earlier: create a morning routine that starts with sitting somewhere you can be undisturbed.
2) Use your lunch hour to sit in nature or in your car .
3) Get ready for bed just 15 minutes earlier. (TURN OFF THE TV: aren't we lucky to have DVR and Netflix at our finger tips now for those shows we just can't miss?)
4) Observe how much time you are on your phone. Trust me, I am as guilty as you are at times, but the latest study i read showed that americans spend 4.7 hours on their smartphones every freaking day! WHAT?! There's your time!