Zen For The Busy Girl
Don’t have time to meditate? Here are the CLEO ways to hack your way to mindfulness.
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...”