If the holidays are already making you feel frazzled, overwhelmed, and exhausted, we have a solution. It’s free, easily accessible, and will give you more energy and peace of mind. Meditate every morning, suggests meditation expert Dina Kaplan, founder of The Path, a place that teaches ancient meditation in a modern way.
“I think on the days I meditate for 20 minutes in the morning I’m five times more productive,” she says. “Meditation gives you the power to ask yourself, ‘Is this the most important thing I should be doing?‘ throughout the day.” You’ll be more likely to complete the most important things you want to do get done that day so you’re not just being responsive to everything that’s coming at you.
Kaplan’s morning meditation process involves a run or yoga session, followed by drinking coffee and writing out the list of things she wants to do that day, and then meditating for about 20 minutes. “Your meditation will stimulate your mind that’s activated by your to-do list,” she says. As you ponder your daily list, that thing you’ve forgotten about that you need to get done will pop into your head. Meditation sets your mind in a proactive mode, she says. You’ll be clearer on what you need to do.
Since meditation stimulates your mind, Kaplan doesn’t recommend doing it before bed. She also suggests meditating before you have a meal (or at least not while your belly is full) because your body is using up energy processing food.
And if you missed your morning meditation session, the good news is you can find other times in the day to practice breathing and relaxation techniques. “One of the reasons I founded The Path is to make meditation easy for life,” says Kaplan.