If you are a human who finds themselves often interacting with other humans, in both professional and social settings, chances are you feel some stress at some point during your week. We can’t all vacate our lives for a week to some island paradise to decompress—and even then, coordinating dinner reservations, tee times, and other stereotypically “relaxing” things can be less than zen.
An answer to this (not the answer, unfortunately, because to each their own) is short, but restorative, bursts of meditation. Because if there’s one thing stressed people don’t have, it’s time. So, do it while you’re doing other things! Like walking, or taking a shower.
Other convenient times may include: when you’re getting ready for a party, like Cleo Wade did before attending a movie premiere last fall. “I just had a bath for 30 minutes and I meditated,” she said. “I usually like to read something calming, and I either have wine or do a chamomile mint tea to reset and replenish.”
And once you get into a groove, do multiple reps (like with your ModelFit workout). Miranda Kerr fits it in twice a day: “Doing just three minutes of prayer and a minimum of five minutes meditation twice a day sets the tone—like an arrow so that you’re hitting your target. When I pray I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world; it’s about having an attitude of gratitude. And then I pray to Christ to say, 'Thank you for this day and my family and my health,' and now that I'm older I’ve added, ‘Please illuminate me. Please open my heart chakra. Open my aperture and uplift my consciousness so that I can be the best version of myself.’”
When all else fails, right before you pass out on the couch with the dulcet tones of Seinfeld reruns whispering in the background, take some time for peace of mind. Dimes’ Sabrina De Sousa endorses: “I usually [meditate] when I come home to help me fall asleep and to not have lucid dreams. I will stare at the tip of one of the stones sitting in my meditation room and just meditate on that. I used to be a really anxious person, but not anymore. It’s very calming. My evening glass of wine doesn’t hurt, either.”
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