I’ve been meditating daily since January 1st and the longer I keep on my streak, the more benefits I am finding from it. In the over 255 days I’ve been meditating, here are the three biggest benefits I have seen.
I can tell that it’s a lot easier for me to stay focused on a single task now than at the beginning of the year and I’m not letting random thoughts distract me from what I am doing. I’m more likely to acknowledge them (and if it’s a task I need to do, add it to my to-do list) than to switch what I’m doing to whatever thought just came into my mind.
I know for sure that daily meditation has caused this change since you focus on clearing your mind for the time you meditate. At first, it was hard to keep my thoughts from taking over while I meditated but slowly, it’s been getting easier to let them just float past. And I’m finding this to be easier to do outside of meditation as well!
In the last couple of months, I’ve changed up my nighttime routine (which I’ll detail in an upcoming post) and part of that was moving my meditation time from first thing in the morning to right before bed. Not only do I feel less rushed in the morning but it’s helped me get to sleep faster and have better sleep. I no longer have a million things running through my head as I try to go to sleep and I’m not waking up in the middle of the night. And if I do, I get back to sleep pretty quickly (within 10 minutes or less based on my Garmin’s sleep tracking).
Continuing the theme, doing a daily clearing of my thoughts has also helped reduce my anxiety during the day and has given me some coping skills to deal with things that make me anxious. We’re working on some major life changes and, of course, this doesn’t help with my anxiety. But I’m working on not burying myself in my thoughts and taking the time to breathe when I start feeling the anxiety coming on.