Do you ever feel like your mind is spinning its wheels? Are you keeping track of your entire family's schedule on top of your own? Does work follow you home and invade your mind while you are reading to your child before bed? Do you find yourself forgetting important details because you are attempting to retain all the small details?
Yeah, me too.
My mind runs non-stop. Last summer my brain even started running marathons while I slept; this is when I realized things had to change. A doctor at the sleep disorder center recommended I attempt meditation during the day to help me sleep better at night.
The thing is... if you can learn to control your mind and its movement you get a lot more than peaceful sleep: it helps you retain details, it helps you stop work thoughts from invading your private moments, it even helps you keep your cool at 8:45pm when your child demands they need that 34th cup of water before bed.
Sounds simple right?
I double-dog-dare you to try this 5 minute meditation today.
Wasn't it challenging? It takes practice, but the benefits are wonderful (especially for parents). If you'd like a free audio copy of the Diana Winston meditation above, UCLA offers her entire series for free on iTunes. Now the real trick is to find five minutes in the day just for you. Trust me, you deserve it. Find it.
Do you already meditate? I'd love to hear any additional suggestions you have below...
- Do you have a favorite time of day? A special spot in the house?
- How long have you been practicing?
- How do you make it a part of your everyday life?
- Do you involve your children?
Let's chat in the comments.