A Brief on Meditation and its positive impact on your Mental Health
It’s really taxing to have to make decisions all day long. I mean think about, how many decisions do you have to make every day? I bet there’s A LOT! Some decisions that I make in the morning can either help me have a really good day or they can derail it before I set foot out of the house. You wake up, shower, decide what to wear, decide breakfast, check traffic for your commute, etc. The list goes on. That’s a whole lot of mental gymnastics you’ve already put your brain through — and that’s before you get to your destination to do the what matters.
To remedy the mental gymnastics, I decided to give meditation a try. I’d heard a lot of good things about it from podcasts and blogs that I follow. I knew a little bit about it but I dug a little deeper to find out which types of meditation were available and which were the best for first-timers. I ended up going with guided meditations using the Headspace app.
Headspace has an intro to meditation program — Take 10. The way it works is such that, you meditate for 10 minutes a day for 10 days. Now, I know — it’s really difficult to sit still and focus on your breath. But you know what though, I did it — albeit — the long and hard way. When I say it was difficult to go through those 10 days, I’m not kidding around. It took me a whopping 6 months to finish 10 days of meditations. How did that happen you ask? Well, I didn’t make it a priority and other things in my life kind of took over. I started the program in October and finished in February.
Even though it took me that long to get into the rhythm, the ROI is the real reason I’m even writing to recommend giving it a try. I’m not as reactive, anxious, afraid, worried, concerned about others’ opinions of me, etc. That list of good things that have come from just focusing on my breath and being present for 10 minutes — is long.
There have been days where I meditate and still can’t focus throughout the day but those days are now dwindling because meditation has become part of daily life. The more I do it, the better my days are. On average I can get in about 3–4 days a week and that’s all I need to make that my monkey brain is under control.
If you’re curious how you can 10x your productivity during the day, try meditation. You’ll be glad you did. And if you’re worried you won’t be good at it, don’t fret. Give me a shout and I can help you get started and maybe even become an accountability partner for this part of your life.
Namaste, you guys. Be well and prosper.