By Megan Carter
How packed is your schedule? Between working full-time, raising 3 boys and attending to their extracurricular activities, going to school, homework, church, etc…mine is definitely full! It is hard to find time for myself. This year, one of my resolutions was to set aside a little quiet time each day to just reflect. Even if it’s just a few minutes, I always try to find the time to be still and meditate. Mindful mediation has many benefits such as:
- Reducing stress
- Keeps anxiety under control
- Lengthens attention span
- Improves sleep
The great thing about meditation is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. Some people do it first thing in the morning, to set their intentions for the day. It can be done in the middle of a trying day to help you regain focus and not become overwhelmed with stress. I personally prefer to do it at night. I have a hard time falling asleep, and I have found that meditation helps me to “quiet” my brain. The main thing is to not focus on everything that has to be done. I’ve learned to focus on the present moment, with all of its goodness as well as its challenges, and not become overwhelmed with the things that are around the corner. If you would like to begin this practice, but don’t really know where to start, here are some links I used that helped me to get started.
For anxiety sufferers—hattps://youtu.be/1vx8iUvfyCY
And if you want to just sit with your own thoughts, but have soothing sounds in the backgrounds, I recommend the Relaxing Sounds, Sleep Easy app.
Meditation has helped me tremendously! If you need more links or just have questions about this practice, just email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org