Meditation is a valuable tool for mental health, but working it into a busy schedule can seem challenging.
Dr. Mark Bates, associate director of psychological health promotion at the Deployment Health Clinical Center, recommends several short meditation practices that can fit into your daily routine. These meditation practices can be a good starting point for bringing mindfulness into your everyday life.
“You don’t have to add anything to your day; you can integrate meditation to enhance your day,” Bates said.
It is important to note that relaxation is not the goal of these meditations, even though they may help you relax. Meditators should focus on simply performing the meditation, rather than attaining a specific mood state.
- Benefit: This meditation can increase calm and focus during different activities. Focusing attention helps you follow through on completing a goal while reducing distraction.
“A big part of mindfulness practice is being in the moment,” Bates said.