In the last few years, I’ve come to realize why meditation is important for fighting fatigue and boosting energy.
As a full-time executive assistant and part-time nutrition coach, I started to notice that I was waking up every morning worrying about all the things that I felt I “needed” to do that day:
And, the list goes on and on with all the things I felt I needed to do. The sad part is that this was all BEFORE 8 am!
So, needless to say, I would end up feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and straight up “over it!”
If you've been in the same boat, you know all too well that all the things we feel that we need to do don't get done.
The worst part of it all was that the weight I carried around when I couldn't accomplish any of those things was draining my physical, emotional, and mental energy.
I was tired of not getting those meeting scheduled, not writing those blog posts, not getting around to preparing those meals, and not having time out with my friends.
Instead of trying to figure out how I was going to get all these things down, I took a moment to step back and ask the more important question of why I felt that I needed to know before 8 am precisely how I was going to get all of these done?
Did I really need to check my emails first thing when waking up? When I did see some meeting that "needed" to be scheduled for my boss, did I really need to schedule it right then and there? Couldn't I wait until I got to work at 9 am?
Did I really need to know exactly what I needed to write in that blog post? Or, could I just wait until later tonight when I had the time and mental space to outline what I needed to say?
I know these examples might not be yours. You might wake up in the morning and think about how you're going to get from your job downtown to the opening of your child's play uptown in rush hour traffic. Or, you might wake up worried that you're not going to make enough sales in your business this month to make payroll. Regardless of what your situation is, if worry, frustration, or stress is draining your energy, then you might be served by implementing a mindfulness and meditation practice into your life.
According to 2016 study by Luu and Hall, practicing 25-minutes of mindfulness meditation can significantly improve your energy levels as well as your brain function.
However, I want to make it clear that you don’t necessarily need to start at 25-minutes of meditation. Full disclosure, I meditate for 10-minutes a day. While my goal is to get to 25-minutes, it's not where I started, and it's certainly not where you need to start. That’s why in this post I want to share my three simple tips to get started with meditation.
Tip #1 - Commit to Making YOU a Priority
Starting any new habit that requires you to focus on you can bring up so much baggage. You might think that taking 10 minutes or even 5-minutes out of your day to focus on you is selfish. I want you to know that NOT making yourself a priority is way more selfish than making yourself a priority. When you don’t prioritize your needs, you’ll end up fatigued, bitter and burnt out. What use will you be to anyone then? Might sound harsh, but I’m speaking from personal experience that making yourself a priority should not be a choice. It is one of the most critical steps to boost your energy and overall wellness. So, commit TODAY to make you and priority!
Tip #2 - Schedule Your Meditation Practice
One of the most significant objections I hear from people who struggle to improve their health and fitness is believing that they “don’t have time” for it. I argue you don't have time NOT to make your health and fitness a priority. That’s why, one of the first things I recommend for people to do who are trying to incorporate a new habit, is to schedule it in. You may not have time for it, which is why you “make” time if it's a priority. So, if you're ready to make time for your health, grab your calendar or planner and schedule in your meditation practice!
Tip #3 - Start With Guided Meditation
Meditation and mindfulness is not something that comes easily to many of us, which is why I highly recommend starting with the Headspace App. Not only is the Basics course on the app free, but these 5-10 minutes sessions help you build upon the fundamentals of meditation and mindfulness. Whether you decide to advance to the paid version or not, you will reap immense benefits by adding guided meditation to your daily routine.
And, there you have it! Three simple tips to help you get started with meditation. While I’m certainly no expert, I have found that just incorporating these three simple tips have been immensely helpful for me in incorporating this practice into my life. I’m hoping the same for you!
So, go get some Headspace!
Do you have an app or guided meditation you prefer to use? Please share it with us in the comments below!
Affiliate Disclosure: A Fitness Mindset is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Download this FREE recipe guide for quick, energy boosting snacks that you can easily prepare and take anywhere!