Focus Your Attention for a Great Day in 10 Minutes With a Morning Meditation
A relaxing start to your morning can set you up for a good day. But how many of us feel rushed in the morning? Getting the kids ready … getting ourselves ready …finding time for a healthy breakfast … commuting? And that’s even with homeschooling and working from home. A lot of information will be thrown at you and people will be competing for your attention over the next 12 hours.
But what if you could slow things down? Set yourself up for a good day with a 10 minute morning meditation.
How to focus your attention today
When I read Caroline Webb’s book ‘How To Have A Good Day’, it changed my rushed mornings forever. In Part One, chapter 1, she writes about three things to think about before you go to work (or do your tasks).
- Aim: Think about what your main activities are and what you want to get from them. What would it take to make them a success in your eyes?
- Attitude: Stop and notice how you’re feeling about your upcoming day. Can you let go of your judgements about how the day will go?
- Attention: Where do you want to focus your attention today? Can you distill it down to a word or phrase? For example, deciding to notice the warmth of interactions with people compared to noticing the opportunities for networking will give your brain different aspects to look for. Deciding where to focus your attention will change daily depending on what is important to you that day.
These three things will stop you from drifting through the day. It’s basically setting your intentions. And I include all three of these in my 10 minute morning meditation.
Why do a morning meditation?
Meditating in the morning will not only help create a calm day, but it can improve feelings of health and well being. Results from a recent study, where staff from a government agency used a meditation app, found that just meditating for 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week was enough to feel less stressed, more able to cope with life and become happier with job performance.
My newest 10 minute morning meditation will give your day some clarity and focus your attention on what is most important. No prior knowledge of meditation is needed. I’ll guide you through some slow breaths, relaxing your muscles and looking for joy in your day.
And you can do all of this before you get out of bed (knowing it will be the right side).
Can a Morning Meditation Help With Morning Anxiety?
A morning meditation like this one, is designed to be a calm way to start your day and set you on the right track to tackle any unexpected challenges. It can help you set your intentions and become laser-focused on what really matters. Because when you are anxious, your attention can be pulled easily in many directions, especially to stimuli that seems threatening.
Morning anxiety can happen for many reasons:
• Dreading going to school or work
• You’re super busy and burned out
• An increase of stress hormones is biologically normal in the morning
• Drinking coffee or even tea can lead to that jittery, anxious feeling
• Blood sugar is lower in the morning, which can contribute to feeling on edge
• If you have an anxiety disorder
• A bad night’s sleep
But you can use meditation every morning to help you relax a little and take a few moments to center your thoughts before starting your day.
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