Zen For The Busy Girl

Don’t have time to med­i­tate? Here are the CLEO ways to hack your way to mind­ful­ness.

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Turn off those tabs in your headspace and med­i­tate!

Guess what—the free, in built tool that en­hances con­cen­tra­tion, im­proves li­bido and mood, lowe rs stress and can even make you a nicer per­son, is largely ig­nored. Yep, we’ re talk­ing med­i­ta­tion. Al­though the con­cept of clear­ing the mind is highly cov­eted, ac­tu­ally mak­ing it hap­pen can seem as im­prob­a­ble as be­ing gifted a Birk in bag. We have an ex­pec­ta­tion that we have to be good at it for it to work, but this isn’ t the right ap­proach. In­stead of look­ing at med­i­ta­tion as some­thing our minds should be nat­u­rally good at( like sleep­ing ), it’ s sim­ply a case of find­ing the right method that works for you. Lo­tus po­si­tion op­tional!

“I’M TOO BUSY…”

We get it, you’ re stretched to the max and be­ing asked to find time for some sit­ting and ohm’ing sounds any­thing but re­lax­ing. How­ever, med­i­tat­ing, even in small doses, can help you fo­cus and man­age your time more ef­fi­ciently. You don’t need to change your rou­tine to med­i­tate. You can even do it on

your com­mute to work—sure, the LR Tis usu­ally filled with loud peo­ple on their phones and jostling f or seats , but a sooth­ing med­i­ta­tion app can help calm you down be­fore and af­ter a busy day. Just re­mem­ber to set an alarm so you don’t miss your stop.

“I GET BORED...”

So you be­gin your med­i­ta­tion; seems fine, right? Breathe in ... Breathe out ... Ten min­utes must have passed by now. What do you mean it’ s only been 45 sec­onds?!

The so­lu­tion to zap­ping bore­dom is adopt­ing a tech­nique that al­lows you to an­chor your at­ten­tion

in the present mo­ment. For a leg it med­i­ta­tion sesh, fol­low th­ese steps: Lie on your back, close your eyes and let your feet and hands fall wher­ever they feel com­fort­able. Visu­alise y our body from above, work­ing up wards from your toes to the top of your head. Con­cen­trate on ever y milli met re and re­lax each mus­cle. Last ly, open your eyes. Done!

“IT’S TOO NOISY...”

It’ s hard enough to chan­nel your Zen master, but t here are ways of get­ting around noise. Plu­gin and switch off by pop­ping on some head­phones. Whether you choose to play some re­lax­ing mu­sic, sooth­ing sound ef­fects or a med­i­ta­tion sound­track , block out the world and fo­cus on your breath­ing. Choose a word ( or Google ‘ mantras’) and re­peat it over and over again in your head. Sounds corny, but it works.

“To­tally think­ing about those re­ports RN...”

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