I’ve never been a morning person. My bed is warm and peaceful, and my dog is an epic snuggler. The world outside of this cozy little sanctuary can be loud, demanding, and chaotic, so I occasionally (ok, fine, almost always if it’s before 6am) want to bury my head under my pillow as opposed to leaping from bed and going full “Carpe Diem!” Enter: Meditation.
Meditation is a time-tested practice that can elevate your life. It's become a bit of a contemporary trend, and it deserves to be! Just five minutes a day can improve sleep quality, minimize anxiety, alleviate stress, and amplify focus…the same benefits that come from eating nutrient-dense meals.
A few key things to know before you start:
- You’re not “doing it wrong” and you aren’t “bad at it.” Meditation is a practice and a process and anyone can do it. Really, anyone! Your mind is definitely going to wander and you might get bored—and that’s ok.
- Traditionally, you’re advised to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position with a straight spine. But if that doesn’t work for you, find something that does. Get comfy in your bed or on the sofa, but try to sit up, otherwise there’s a decent chance you’ll fall asleep (tempting, but not really our goal here).
- You’ll feel an increased sense of well-being just after meditating, and its benefits will increase with a more regular practice. For a super charged mood buster, couple your meditation with a Brain Shake (90% report better moods when they drink this for breakfast).
Remember that, sure, in an ideal scenario you’d meditate, uninterrupted, at the same time every morning, in the same, serene space every day. In reality, we have kids, jobs, partners, deadlines, anxiety, and noise. So, we do what we can, with what we have, where we are. That may mean we meditate for five minutes in bed in the morning, on the train to work, in the pickup line at school, or standing with our eyes closed in a bathroom stall (been there, done that). You’re not bad at it, you’re not doing it wrong—you’re making small steps toward big change.