The voice

As soon as you wake up, it begins.

You have meals to make, kids to dress, and a to-do list that never ends.

Even your phone is delivering calls, text messages, emails and “Angry Birds” that keep pulling on you for attention.

Does this merry-go-round world ever stop?

Here’s the good news: your life may not slow down, but you can.

Moments to refresh and recharge are all around you.

From the busy soccer mom to the over-worked executive, everyone can take advantage of these easy-to-do tips and tricks to bring more peace into your day.

Meditation on the go

Meditation has been scientifically proven to work just as well as anti-depressants

Hurrah – for those of you who can actually master the art of meditation.

Most people I know struggle to meditate some even put it down to some weird practice hippies and pagans do and not for them.

We spend our lives surrounded by to-do lists, rush hour commutes and constant thinking.

There is something alien about switching our brains off and emptying our minds for 30 seconds, let alone 30 minutes.

Meditation isn’t about not having thoughts; it is about not being attached to your thoughts.

Which is all very well in theory, but when you’re working long hours and constantly busy, how do you find the time to do it?

Well fear not. Here are our tips to meditating-on-the-go

Even if you’re only walking a few minutes to the bus stop in the morning, you can take this time to “walk mindfully”.

So instead of rushing through your familiar commute, be mindful of the way you are walking and the ground beneath your feet.

This will help you stay in the moment instead of letting your mind wander through your never-ending to-do list.

The calming commute doesn’t need to stop there. It can continue onto the bus, or any public transport, where you can take the time to focus on your breathing.

A top tip is to notice where you got on the bus, and see how many stops you can focus on your breathing for. Just noticing how you are breathing in and out with stop you planning what to have for lunch, what to prepare for your meeting and might even make you so aware you won’t need a morning coffee.

Most of us don’t actually listen when we’re speaking to someone. Instead we are half-absorbing their words, and using the rest of our mind to think about what we’re going to say next or wondering about how we are coming across.

To stop being so focused on ourselves, and reach a calm, happy state of productivity, we should try and really listen to what is being said to us. It puts the focus onto the other person and makes them feel comfortable.

“I can’t empty my mind of all these thoughts.” This is the typical issue people have with meditation, but the key is to accept your thoughts.

Look  at your internal thoughts in the way you would look at the weather.

Have a look at your internal weather forecast and notice if things are particularly stormy or sunny, but don’t judge or try to change them,

This is the key to not being attached to your thoughts.

Meditation is a bit like falling asleep or falling in love…you can’t make it happen. In fact the harder you try the further it gets away.

It is a natural process of unwinding which requires surprisingly little effort.”

Sit at your desk and focus entirely on your breathing. You don’t need to close your eyes and cross your legs to meditate, you can just take a few minutes to focus on the tip of your nose to try and feel the breath coming in and out of your nostrils.

As strange as it may sound, doing it will help remind you that your body is automatic and will keep on functioning even if your mind is a mess.

Invest in an app like Headspace,, which allows you to meditate wherever you are for 10 minutes.The app guides you through the process and helps you ‘check in’ with your body and ‘scan’ it.

I do hope this has helped you cope with the busy days where there are not enough hours.

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