Do you meditate? I’ve been trying to learn how to fit it in this year. Here are some great tips for fitting it into your schedule, and also some meditation resources!
One of my 2021 goals was to start meditating
This year, one of my goals was to start meditating. I’ve never been consistent about meditating (although I have always been consistent with prayers, which can be similar).
But this year I wanted to add even a quick meditation to my routine to see if it could help me focus, relax, and feel more present.
Have I noticed a difference with meditation?
I’ve been doing it (on and off) for the last four months) and actually have noticed a difference when I’ve been consistent about it.
The biggest change that I noticed was my breathing. The meditations I’ve been doing have breath work, and I’ve found myself doing that breath work throughout the day when I’m stressed or at night when I’m trying to fall asleep, and it works!!
These are your recommendations!
I asked for your recommendations about when to fit meditation in, and also apps or resources you use for meditating, and this is what you shared.
How do I find time to meditate during the day?
- Tie it to a habit you already have
- Set an alarm to make it happen everyday
- Try it right after kids to go bed
- Add it in as the last part of your workout
- Do it right after your first bathroom trip of the morning
- Do it right after teeth brushing at night
- Try it right before bed
- Take a few minutes to do it in the car after school drop off
- Do it immediately after lunch
- Try it in the shower
- Do it right after work day to clear your mind
This is how I fit meditation into my routine
these are all such fantastic suggestions! I’ve found that doing it in the car is the best way for me to stay consistent.
I do two school drop offs each morning (elementary school and preschool), so after elementary drop off I drive home and do it in the driveway before I go back inside and get ready for preschool drop off.
During the drive home from elementary drop off, I listen to scriptures and a religious podcast. Once I pull into my driveway, I do my morning prayers and then meditate immediately after that. It fits well into my routine, and pairing it with other routines helps a ton.
Recommendations for Meditation Apps
- Headspace (also check out the new series on Netflix)
- Mala Collection
- Small Seed Still app (lead by Brooke Snow – one of my favorite podcasters!)
- Fit Mind
- Insight timer (Free)
- The art of living
- Ten Percent Happier app
- Refill my soul (LDS based)
- Smiling Mind (Kid meditations)
- Meditations on the Fit Bit app
- Peloton on the app has meditations (if you subscribe to the peloton app)
- Audible has meditation subscriptions that don’t use credits
- Check out YouTube – there are lots of free options there
- On your Alexa, you can add a meditation skill
I downloaded Insight Timer since it was free, and I didn’t want to commit to a paid app before I even tried to add meditation to my schedule.
I’ve been impressed!
It has men and women from all around the world who share meditations – some long, some short, some better than others.
You can also filter in the app by time, and I only choose 5 minutes or less meditations. That feels like much less of a time commitment to me and I’ve been able to stay pretty consistent with it!
If you have another recommendation not in this list, I’d love for you to share!
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