Raise your hand if February is off to a bang!
In the nerdy world of Finance (at least in my capacity), the first 5 days of each month feel like Armageddon… too many deadlines, lots of financials, KPIs, headaches, lunches and dinners ordered in and a total void of peace.
Many of my family members and friends can attest to my hair pulling / cell phone therapy sessions on the drive home from work each month-end close – as someone who is in her early 30s with high-blood pressure, stress management is not just a nice-to-have, but an absolute life saver (literally). I have been promising myself (and my blood pressure) that I would start meditating.
Week 1 of the 30-day challenge has been hectic but successful — despite 12-14 hour work days the last week and a very nasty cold, finding 5 min of peace to quietly reflect and meditate was surprisingly easy.
Here’s the routine thus far –
- Mornings – after my first cup of coffee – I found that it was the time of day when my thoughts were still quiet and not quite racing – I attempted to squeeze in another 5 min in the late afternoon on Tuesday when the week’s stress was at its peak, but my mind was so clouded that I had a hard time settling in. Lesson here: I need more practice…
- Pillows / Cushions / Placement – I love my trusty Pier 1 over sized pillow, covered in a dark gray velour pillowcase, preferably in front of my sliding glass doors. As an office-dweller (sans a window), I take every opportunity I can to soak up as much natural light as possible
- Tunes or No Tunes? As someone who thinks a million miles a minute and has 2 speeds (zero and 120 mph), I found that the guided meditation apps on my phone were a godsend
- Here are a couple of great ones (and Free yipee!):
Who else is meditating regularly or doing this challenge? What are your recommendations / thoughts / pearls of wisdom?