I have been doing 10 minutes of daily meditation fairly consistently since this pandemic began. Someone told me about Headspace being free to healthcare workers until the end of 2020, so I signed up (their offer still stands).
I have intermittently engaged in meditation practices, mainly using apps. I think there was one point in 2017 when I was regularly doing 20 minute sessions but then I got pregnant and nausea + meditation did not mix well AT ALL so . . . I stopped.
The 10 minutes I do currently feels like the right dose. Time is limited (duh!) and every minute spent meditating is a minute spend not reading / sleeping / etc. But the 10 minutes feels helpful, centering, calming, and even pleasant.
I do not do it every day, but about ~90% of the time. (I actually don’t like it when the app shows a longer streak building up because then I feel untoward pressure not to break the streak.)
When do I do it?
Sometimes in the morning (post workout) if the kids do not wake up.
Sometimes between patients if I have a 10 minute gap. (Yesterday I did it before a particularly challenging encounter, and it absolutely helped!)
Sometimes as a random break in the afternoon on a non-patient day
Rarely at night. Usually if it’s gotten to be nighttime and I haven’t done it . . . I just skip it.
Why yes, of course I track it. My current bullet journal daily setup has a little habits bar, and the very first letter “m” there stands for meditation.
I also fill out my monthly tracker. WHY all this tracking? Because for me, it’s motivating and feels fun. Totally get that this is not a universal feeling . . .
Will this habit continue post pandemic?
Who knows? I haven’t always felt like I needed it in my life, but right now it definitely helps. I have no plans to escalate right now but I really do like my 10 minute stints. I will definitely sign up for paid Headspace in 2021 assuming the free offer runs out; it has been the best app for me though I know there are many good ones.
Sometimes I do their ‘series’ (Balance, Acceptance, Stress Relief, etc) and other times I just do the session that is listed at the top for the day. I find Andy Puddicombe’s voice relaxing 🙂 Or maybe it’s just conditioning at this point!
Do you meditate? Headspace or another app? I have definitely felt this practice more helpful in times of stress so that explains my desire to do it these days.