In the modern world, more and more adults are finding that their spare time is being consumed by never-ending bills, work, and responsibilities.
As a result, they feel stressed but don’t have enough time to relieve or manage that stress in a healthy way.
In fact, a 2019 Gallup poll found that over 50% of adults feel stressed during the day!
This stress is estimated to cause around 66% of sleep deprivation in America and 120,000 deaths in the workplace a year.
These statistics are shocking, and should cause you to ask the following question: What can I do to manage my stress?
Prioritize Your Health
Stress can easily overtake your life and leave you feeling like you have no control over your life.
When you feel like you’re drowning in stress, the only way that you can combat this is by prioritizing your health.
Though prioritizing your health won’t magically make the source of your stress disappear, it will help you to revaluate your actions and decide what stress is worth your time and what stress isn’t. If you don’t prioritize your health, though, you may never take control of your stress and be one of the many people who live their lives trapped by responsibilities.
Meditate For Your Health
One of the best ways to prioritize your health is by meditating daily.
Meditation has several positive benefits on your physical and mental health, one of which being stress-relief.
In fact, meditation is one of the most effective ways to relieve and manage stress.
Unfortunately, many people believe they’re too busy to meditate, causing them to forgo meditation, its numerous benefits, and stress-relieving abilities. So, how can you meditate when you’re strapped for time?
Prioritizing your meditation is key to finding a way to fit meditation into your busy schedule. Though this may sound impossible for a hardworking, busy adult, it really is not. In fact, the idea that meditation requires a lot of time is a false myth.
In contrast, meditation can take as little as 5 minutes a day. More so, you can meditate while doing everyday tasks like walking to work, waiting in line, or doing the dishes. Incorporating meditation into your life in this way will allow you to experience both the benefits of meditation without taking up too much of your valuable time.
A daily practice is a meditation session that you do every day, ideally at the
same time every day. This session will get you in a set routine, give you a
time to relax, and recur enough that you will benefit from the meditations.
How do I create a daily practice?
Daily practices are easy enough to create. Begin by choosing a time of day
that you would like to meditate. Many people choose to meditate either in
the morning or at night. Both times come with notable benefits.
Meditating in the morning will start your day on a good note and motivate
you to accomplish and stay focused on your tasks. This time may be ideal
for you if you need help finding motivation or have extra time in the
In contrast, meditating at night will give you a chance to reflect on the day
and work out any unresolved feelings before you go to bed. This will help
you sleep easier and feel more prepared for the next day. You may want to
meditate at night if you have trouble sleeping, need more time to self
reflect, or hate getting up early.
If you are really motivated to start meditating, you can always meditate in
the morning and night. Just make sure that you do not overwhelm yourself
because this may cause you to forgo meditation altogether.
After you decide when you want to meditate, you should also decide on the
length of time for your practice.
Meditating for the same amount of time trains your brain to focus under a time constraint. It is recommended that your daily practice lasts anywhere from 5-minutes to an hour, depending on your needs.
Although you should aim for your daily sessions to last around the same
amount of time each day, you can always adjust the time later on or make
certain sessions last longer or shorter than others.
This time commitment
that you were deciding on now is not a hard and fast rule. Simply think of it
more as a guideline or suggestion for yourself.
Doing your daily practice
Once you have decided on what your daily meditation practice looks like,
it’s time to start doing your daily practice. Here are some things to
remember about doing your daily practice.
Try to do daily practice at the same time and for the same minimum length
every single day. This will train your brain to get in the groove of your
meditation and allow it to do its work.
Additionally, remember that every day is different. While sticking to your
schedule is ideal, improvisation is good too.
Change up your technique,
meditate longer, or even rearrange your meditation space. Improvisation
based on your daily needs is always encouraged because it ensures that
your meditation is relevant and helpful to your present life.
Finally, be kind to yourself. There will come a day when you either forget or
don’t have the time to do your daily meditation practice. When this day
comes, do not beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself and gently remind
yourself to start back on your daily meditation schedule the next day.
This is just a short synopsis of how busy people can still find the time for medation. If you would like to know more, we have an e-book that goes into this subject in much greater detail.