Let’s face it. Despite our best intentions to fit everything into our busy days, there are only so many waking hours for us to get things done (unless you plan on sacrificing sleep—which I can tell you from personal experience—I do not recommend).
Since returning to the 9-to-5 life, I have found my days stretched in ways I could never have imagined. From starting my morning off with social media and blogging, then spending a considerable amount of time in the office, and finally ending the day with more social media, writing, and editing—in addition to all of the other adult responsibilities that I don’t need to remind you about—things like meditating have surely fallen by the wayside.
But in those hectic weeks, carving out some “me” time is exactly what you need to do. While finding ten minutes a day for mindful meditation may seem like a challenge, the restorative benefits are worth the sacrifice (I promise!).
I started using the Calm app on my iPhone last year—and then life got in the way. Fast-forward to a few months ago and I was gifted the app by a friend for my birthday (after Calm started charging for access to the daily meditations). Even though I didn’t spend the money on this app myself, this was definitely a worthwhile purchase.
Now, I use the app daily right before bed. On days that I know are going to be especially tight, I make sure I have my headphones with me and take ten minutes to listen to a meditation practice at my desk or at lunch. And if you are an early bird, listening to a guided meditation as you slowly wake up (and before your feet hit the ground) is a great way to start your day.
*Image via Calm