It blows my mind that it’s already February, it totally snuck up on me. I get the feeling that the next couple months are going to fly by!
Remember back at the beginning of January where instead of setting resolutions I was 100% sure I would end up breaking, I decided to set goals for each month?
January I focused on meditation.
Well I haven’t talked much about it since then, but it actually went really well. I failed a little bit towards the end, I still meditated everyday, but sometimes that meditation was 10 slow breaths before going to bed. Life and school got a little crazy and it became a little bit of an after thought. While I do think that even a short meditation is incredibly beneficial, I wasn’t devoting the time I should have, especially considering my stress level at the time.
Meditation is something I’m definitely hoping to keep in my life as I move into the rest of the year. I learned a lot by taking devoting time everyday to focus on meditation and I took away a few really important things from my experience:
- Meditation is one of the best ways I personally found to deal with stress – Isn’t it amazing how much calmer and less intimidating everything seems when you take a second to breathe? I was really surprised by how much calmer I felt after only a couple meditation, the difference is amazing.
- Meditation is not just sitting in a cross-legged position while chanting “OM” - Well it can be if you want it to, but there are so many different ways to meditate that there really is something for everyone. I haven’t tried even a fraction of meditation methods, but some resonate with me much more than others. I was particularly like Chakra meditation.
- You can meditate anywhere you want – I mean I wouldn’t recommend sitting down for a meditation session while you’re driving or operating heavy machinery, but I was surprised by the places I found myself meditating. I began the month by sitting on my bed every night before bed, but as the month went on I meditated while I was riding the bus, running, walking to class (while keeping enough awareness to not face plant it on the side walk, that would be no fun). I think my favorite place to meditate was on the bus.
The bus is always PACKED in the morning and instead of being crammed in a claustrophobic bus like a can of sardines stress me out, I simply cleared my mind focused on my breath and it made the 20 minute trip much more bearable.
- Meditation helped my sleep A LOT - I generally don’t have many sleep problems, but after a long day of class and homework it’s really hard for me to unwind and it was taking me a long time to fall asleep. A little meditation before bed helped clear my mind so I fell asleep faster and slept a lot deeper than I was before.
- I does get easier - I promise. The first week of meditation was really tough for me, I couldn’t get my mind to shut up and I just got frustrated with it. The is to keep breathing, don’t let yourself get too frustrated and keep with it.
If you’re thinking about adding a little meditation to your daily routine I highly recommend it.
And that brings us to February!
This month I’m focusing on two small goals, one fitness-based and one creativity-based.
Goal #1: A plank a day
Goal #2: At least 5 minutes of sketching everyday
For goal #1 I’m starting off with one minute planks and ideally working my way up to longer planks every week. I feel like I have decent core strength but my planks are pretty weak so I want to work on doing them more consistently
Goal #2 is to help fuel my creativity. I get so many more design ideas when I take time to sketch up some ideas or just doodle for a few minutes everyday. Since graduation is right around the corner and I’m hoping to find a graphic design job, I want to keep those creative juices flowing.
I’m hoping I won’t overwhelm myself by having two goals this month, but I couldn’t pick between a life goal and a fitness goal so I picked both. They’re both pretty small to I think it’s definitely doable.
Is anyone interested in a blog post on how to meditate/different methods? I’ve played around with a few different methods and thought you guys might be interested in learning more about them.
Do you have any goals for this month/week/day/year? I’m usually not a big goal-setter, but small daily goals seems to work really well for me, so I’m sticking with it!