How a little zen made a big difference

Uncategorized May 13, 2020

We've all read that we should be meditating more right?

Well, I was one of those dabblers... I'd have a bad day or a bad nights sleep and think to myself "I must get back into meditation". Then I wondered why I never got any of the supposed benefits others raved of.

So, a while ago after a particularly bad run of bad sleep, I decided it was time to change. I made a commitment that I was going to do something for my mental health, after all, if I'm not able to earn the bacon then we will be in serious trouble.

I got over the "but you're meant to do it first thing in the morning and I already get up so early" b.s. and decided to do it my way, on my terms.

So every night before bed, I'd not spend 10mins scrolling through Facebook (the story I told myself about needing to wind down after a busy day).

Instead, I spent 10mins on Headspace, my meditation app. I decided I was going to hit a 100 day run streak and see if all this hype was actually worth it.

I'm not going to lie. It wasn't all easy. Some nights I was completely knackered and it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. I also had to work through my issues of not feeling like I was doing it right.

But in time, I started to really feel the benefits and looked forward to my 10mins of peace.

Within a week or so, I was falling asleep faster. Was stopping the drunken monkey brain that so often afflicted me at 3am when my crazy mind decided to think of everything I needed to do in the next 3 weeks and whip me into a frenzy. I became more patient with the kids. I was able to be more present.

I started doing it more than just at bedtime. Sometimes I'd do a Headspace on the train, or while walking, or in a taxi. If I knew I had a late night ahead I'd bank it into my morning routine.

So yes, I'm now a convert! I can now understand why everyone is raving about this, and strongly encourage you to not just add it to your 'to do list' as another thing that weighs you down.

Instead, reframe it. Commit to gifting yourself 10mins a day to just be. To sit still. To quiet the mind. To do something for yourself.?

Do it consistently and I promise you'll start to see the benefits in many areas of your life.

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