Giving Meditation a Whirl

I’ve always been bad at maintaining good habits. It seems like something I’m doing always slips at any given time. Sometimes that is eating well while other times I’m not getting proper sleep. The older I get, the more I think about these good habits and the more I want to try to stick to them. The key is finding the method which allows me to do so.

A few months back, I started using the Streaks app on my phone. For the most part, I did pretty good at completing most tasks on most days. However, there’s been one I’ve constantly struggled with; getting three mindful minutes in. I know getting some time in to take a few deep breaths is good for me and, for the most part, I’ve relied on the Breath app on my Apple Watch. I think the problem I have with this app is the time in which I would get the prompts, which would often be at times when I simply couldn’t stop what I was doing at work to take seven deep breaths.

As I write this, I’m into the thick of the holiday season. Work is extremely busy, being in retail, and I know the stress of the season is getting to me. Add on top of this the fraudulent charges which popped up on my checking account last weekend, which left me without a debit card for a few days and left me feeling a bit violated, it’s no wonder my shoulder ache and I woke up with a canker sore a couple days ago which has persisted since. I know I need to do something to lower this stress level. Frankly, writing/journaling is part of this. It was this afternoon, however, which brought my mind to structured meditation.

There’s a few notable options in the App Store for coached meditation, including 10% Happier, Headspace, and Meditation Studio. I sought out a little feedback on these services and decided to give Headspace a look. I did my first session tonight and I really feel like this is something I can do. My plan starting tomorrow is to do a session when I first wake up in the morning and then another shortly before going to sleep in the evening. My hope is in doing these sessions at these times of day, I can both get my day started on the right foot and possibly help myself get a better night’s sleep. Here’s to a start of something good.