Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How 10 minutes of mindfulness can transform your day...

meditation, mindfulness, stress, anxiety
Focus on your breath
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The most common thing I discuss with friends when I catch up with them, is how quickly the days go past. And parents seem particularly time-poor, squishing in sports day and parents evening alongside work and other responsibilities. Those little things in life seem to pile up - and you feel you'll never fit everything into the 24 hours that make up a day. Before you know it, you're booking next year's summer holiday and discussing Christmas plans. In July.

But, Surrey-based author and mentor Tom Evans has a solution for those of us living in fear of our 'things-to-do' lists. 'It might sound counter-intuitive at first but the best way to get more done each day is spend at least ten minutes meditating at the start of each day', says Tom. And here's why...

Pull focus 

According to Tom, the normal human mind can only experience one thought at a time. This means that mulling over the past or fretting about the future, means we lose focus on what we should be working on and then our efficiency drops. Tom recommends 'mindfulness meditation', which  teaches us to form a new relationship with our thoughts.

While, typically, meditation is used to help reduce stress or anxiety, the time invested allows us to become more creative, more productive, more vital and generally luckier and happier in life and in business, says Tom.

First thing in the morning

So, forget checking your emails and social media. The first thing you should do is listen to a guided meditation - or ambient music. Even better, there are loads of free and cheap meditation apps available - meaning you can access your mindfulness guru anywhere. Start off with focussing on your breath - this helps you to concentrate and to get plenty of oxygen to the brain.

Try meditation every morning for one or two weeks - and see the difference it makes. You'll find you have increased focus and are less prone to falling victim to your ‘monkey mind’, which has a tendency to wander of its own accord. Regular meditation can also improve your sleep - and without a good night’s sleep, our efficiency drops the next day. In time, you'll find you're getting more done, and your mind is less busy.

And all you've done is invested 10 minutes a day. That's some return!