You’re busy. I know you are. Because I’m busy too and I get it. We live in a world that demands our attention every second of our waking day (and even sometimes in our sleep… have you ever dreamt about an ad you saw that day??) It can be so overwhelming. We are always on the go, running on empty and trying to fit even more into our days. Then someone tells you ‘oh you should meditate’ and your response is ‘yeah, like I have time for that’.
It’s okay, I’ve got you covered.
I know it seems kind of counterproductive, that slowing down and taking time for yourself can actually give you more time for others in the long run, but it’s true. Too often we give so much of ourselves that there is nothing left to give. We forget to take the time to reflect on our own mental and spiritual well-being. We create this unrealistic list of obligations and duties where you feel you need to tick every box (and do it all perfectly).
If you’re someone who’s always looking at helping others, you will probably feel selfish when you slow down to focus on yourself. Making the time every day to focus on your inner self refill your cup will actually give you the energy to enjoy the rest of your day. You will also find that you will be so much happier. Only by allowing yourself this time will you find that you will have so much more mental clarity. You will be more focused and procrastinate less. You will actually be more present in your day and life just the way you want to be.
Consistent self-care is an investment in not only your personal well-being, but the well-being of others who surround you. Meditation is the perfect practice of sustainable self-care.
You don’t need an hour or even half an hour each day to meditate. Just 5 minutes can make all the difference.
Here are the top 5 meditation apps I recommend for busy women:
1 – Calm
Just reading the name of the app makes you feel better. This is a great beginners app for those who are just starting out and also has room for you to expand as you move through the intermediate and guru levels. From the moment you open the app and it says ‘take a deep breath’ you know this is going to make you feel a million times better.
2 – Buddhify
Buddhify is a brilliant little mindfulness app that lets you choose from different meditations tailored to how much time you have (hello… just a few minutes today thanks…) and what you’re doing at the time (eating, travelling, walking around). They have a strong focus on easing stress and anxiety – something I know so many people struggle with.
3 – HeadSpace
Probably one of the more popular and well known apps, HeadSpace gives you great little daily reminders (“it’s time to get some headspace…”) and I love that it has a buddy system which allows you and a friend to encourage each other in your meditations, as well as giving you a personalised progress page.
Another app that tailors your meditations for you, this one focuses more on your current mood and features a whole heap of meditations for you to choose from based on how you’re feeling at the time. It also has an activity tracker that measures your progress, because we all love to see our progress visually to keep us motivated!
5 – Omvana
This app features so many meditation tracks to choose from and I love that is has a background music mixer, which allows you to mix your own music and create the perfect sessions for your needs. Need something to go to sleep to, or maybe to destress? There’s the perfect track for every situation here.
Regardless of which of the top meditation apps you choose to use, the point is to first of all get started, then keep going. Making time to meditate every single day and prioritising this time for yourself is what will help you seem the benefits sooner.
Here’s some extra tips to help you along the way:
This is the hardest part of the whole process. It’s easy to download the app and say you’re going to start meditating, but actually doing it is another thing. You might find setting aside the same time each day is easiest for you, maybe before you go to bed or first thing of a morning.
Have No Expectations
Let go of any beliefs you may have about meditating, both negative and positive, and allow yourself to experience meditation in your own way. Don’t expect it to change your life overnight, and don’t let others negative views skew yours. This is YOUR meditation process. Enjoy it.
You Can Meditate Anywhere
Literally, anywhere. In the car while waiting to pick the kids up from school, in the bath (because who has time for a bath…?), while walking your dog, laying in bed at night. Anywhere. And these apps help you create meditations based on your activities too. You can even meditate in your pyjamas. Winning.
You Can Meditate For As Little Or As Long As You Want
Like I said earlier, you don’t need an hour or even half an hour to meditate. Just 5 minutes, or 10 if you can manage to start off with and you’re on your way. How long you choose to meditate for is entirely up to you.