The holiday season is coming soon, and that can mean big changes to your daily routine. Got family visiting from out of town? Traveling for a winter escape? Cozying up at home for the perfect staycation? Whatever you’ve got planned for the holidays, we’ve got you covered with tips to keep you on track with your meditation habit.
And while these suggestions are designed with Transcendental Meditation in mind (which you practice for 20 minutes twice a day), they’ll work for just about any meditation practice.
1. Don’t let down-time substitute for your meditation practice
Remember that a mid-day nap or cozying up on the couch with a book while relaxing, aren’t substitutes for your meditation — and that doing your twice-daily TM practice is still important on even the laziest of days.
If dealing with the pressures of work was what brought you to TM, then meditation can feel less essential during a slow-paced holiday break. But keeping up your meditation routine can help you make the most of a few days’ rest.
2. Plan ahead
If you know you’re going to be out for most of the day, adjust your meditation schedule to get your morning and evening TM in.
Our mind and body do best when we follow a routine — whether it’s having a consistent sleep schedule or setting regular meal times — which is why we recommend practicing TM around the same time each day.
Of course, that’s not always practical — especially during the holidays.
3. Team up with a friend or family member to keep you on track
Group meditations can contribute towards consistency in the practice and having a friend or family member meditating with you offers the added opportunity to keep each other accountable. Whether virtually or in person, group meditation can enhance the benefits of meditating.
We invite you to “Join Canada-Wide Group Meditations” to meditate in the comfort of your own home, along with others from around the world—every day, twice a day, adding regularity to your practice.
4. Set reminders
Reminders keep our most important priorities top of mind, so we don’t forget them. Using your calendar or favourite reminder app to set notifications, or even setting an alarm on your phone with a pleasant ringtone, can get you meditating regularly.
We use reminders for everything nowadays, be it for work or our personal errands. Why not use them for ourselves, to notify us when it is time to dive deep within?
5. Take advantage of travel time
If you know you’re going to be travelling this Holiday Season, turn your commute into something you look forward to. Whether it’s on a train or an airplane, meditating during your travels can help you be regular with your meditations and make your trip more enjoyable.
And remember the most important thing…
A meditation routine isn’t just about how you feel in the moment, it’s about building up long-term health, happiness, and capacity.