How to Fit Meditation Into A Busy Work Schedule?
In today’s extremely high-pressured market, work always seems to top our priority list, with our emotional health and self-care following far behind. This desire of constantly wanting to achieve more is detrimental to our daily life because it’s easy for us to overlook our mental health. The next thing you know; you could be experiencing the beginnings of a breakdown.
Meditation seems to be the last thing that you may want to see on your to-do list – I don’t even have enough time to sleep…meditation? What is that? But before you say no to meditation next time, we want to tell you that IT IS POSSIBLE to fit meditation into busy work schedule!
“You can easily make meditation part of your routine,” Phoebe told us, “it’s not uncommon that when we first start meditating, we notice this voice in the back of our minds that keeps saying we should be doing something ‘more productive’ instead.”
“…you have to want to meditate…”
This, Phoebe said, is “the biggest lesson” she has learnt. That “these are just thoughts.” Instead of trying to shut them down, she said “this happens regardless of how long you have meditated for in the past.” She compared thoughts as “clouds that pass in the sky,” something that we should learn to just watch and let pass by, “rather than attaching yourself to or judging” their presence.
Meditation is only beneficial to its fullest if it becomes a habit of our daily lives. But again, it could be difficult to find time dedicated to meditation. It’s easy for us to push it to the bottom of our busy to-do list and possibly even end up not doing it altogether. For this, Phoebe encouraged prioritising meditation – by finding a specific time slot. For her, it’s first thing in the morning.
She finds that it’s more effective because she’s able to kick off her day before being interrupted by emails and other occurrences during the day. “Being a yoga teacher, I like to move as soon as I get up.” However, it could be any time during the day where you see fit, because for some people, meditating in the evening may be helpful for winding down and falling asleep, she added.
Instead of forcing yourself though, she made a note that “you have to want to meditate, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself at first – there are many ways to find peace”. In her own experience of making meditation a routine, she chose to see meditation as just like every other thing she wants to stay committed to, just like exercising and reading. She recommended “signing up for a meditation course or using apps like HeadSpace” as a first step to making meditation part of your routine.
Any type of commitment requires motivation to keep us going. Phoebe emphasised how important it is to think about how you feel after meditating. She advised us to be more mindful of our reason to do meditation – for her, meditation makes her “a more grounded person, I would pause before I respond instead of reacting.” That, is a major motivation to keep her going.
She also said that in order to make meditation into a habitual routine, we should “choose the same time, same place for a daily practice” so that you can condition yourself being used to doing it as part of a necessary thing that you do daily.
Meditation should be a habit that helps with your mentality, not a mundane task that you complete and check the box off your to-do list! With this, Phoebe has one last piece of advice for you – “if you miss one day, don’t be hard on yourself. Life goes on. Just get back to it when you can.”