Ask anyone close to you how they’re doing and you’re bound to hear a variation on the word “busy.” And how have you been lately? We’re all a bit overworked and overwhelmed with a few too many commitments. With lives like this, is it any wonder that the American Psychological Association reports that nearly all US adults are suffering from moderate to high stress?
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 10% of adults in the United States actually meditate. And that’s despite the fact that research suggests a committed meditation practice can relieve stress, supercharge the brain and boost your mood. All things that would come in handy at the start of a busy day.
I know what you’re thinking … after waking up bleary-eyed and in desperate need of a shower and some coffee, who’s got the time or patience to meditate? But here’s the thing: Starting your day with a morning meditation will gently release grogginess and help set the groundwork for a more successful (and less stressful) day. Whether you wake up at five or 10 am, you’ve got the time to incorporate a daily meditation. And you’ll soon find that it becomes a grounding anchor on days often full of unpredictable situations and variables.
After all, there’s a reason why so many of the successful men we feature in our Morning Routine series usually cop to some sort of meditative practice. It works. And even for those non-morning-person types, you’ll soon find that by taking just a few moments in the morning actually helps you wake up and get ready for the day. You don’t need a meditation room or some fancy cushion. Just a little time—it takes about as much as you spend brushing your teeth.