Running a business with 100+ staff is challenging and rewarding.
In a day, I’m in and out of 6-8 meetings, making business decisions left and right, coaching my operations staff, and thinking about business development programs. After a long day, I still manage to take an hour or two to bond and play Lego with my son.
A few people reached out to me asking how I’m able to do all of that (and keep all of my hair).
Meditation is the answer.
Meditation takes the mind to focus on the body. Along with breathing exercises, it improves concentration and promotes heightened awareness of thoughts and feelings.
If done regularly, it opens doorways in the brain that unlocks new ideas.
Here are 3 best practises that can help introduce meditation into your life.
1. Using apps for guided meditation
Phones these days have meditation apps built into them. I use the apps Headspace, FMTV, and Calm.
The best app for me without fail, is FMTV (Food Matters TV). This app can be downloaded on your desktop or mobile. It’s an easy to use app that covers everything to do with health and wellness.
With FMTV, you can stream a massive collection of health & wellness documentaries, recipe videos, yoga classes, expert interviews and more! With new weekly releases and unique content, you’ll never be short of inspiration.
FMTV is crazy good! It costs me around AUD$10.00 a month and it has all that I need – strength and conditioning, yoga, stretching, mindfulness, and documentaries on getting better sleep. For people like me who love to eat healthy food, they have a 10-day guided program that explores interesting food options.
Unlike FMTV, I use the free version of Headspace and Calm. Both of these apps have guided meditation technique that have helped me declutter my mind and sleep better.
I’ve recently adapted a meditation technique during work hours. I block out an hour to walk down the street or around the backyard, pick up firewood, or do chores like hanging out the washing while taking phone calls.
If my wife is away and left me tasks to do, I usually leave them until I know I’m on a call so I can do two things at the same time.
For most, this doesn’t sound like typical meditation. However, meditation is not all about sitting and chanting mantras. It’s finding a way to seek calm and peace while incorporating it into your daily life.
It’s also not about doing 30 minutes of gym exercise, but rather, it’s about staying active throughout your day.
2. Joining a Health and Wellness Group
I’m a member of AIA Vitality. I get to earn AIA Vitality Points for engaging in healthy activities. The more points earned, the higher the AIA Vitality Status and the greater the rewards.
The more movement I do, the more points I earn.
I set myself to get 12,500 steps a day and I focus on achieving that.
One time I went snow skiing with my wife and son and still didn’t get my 12,500 steps. As soon as we got home, I changed and went running with the Trails & Ales Bright Group. It was draining but I’m happy that I completed my 12,500 steps and was able to socialise with the group members.
It feels satisfying that I get to combine exercise with my social interactions. I believe this is important in ensuring that I’m mindful of my overall health and I’m not too stressed to go out socially.
Another pro tip: if you’re watching TV, stretch. Make a habit of movement.
3. Setting up Downtime
Do you know that there’s a way to purposely block all apps on your phone and create downtime?
When I learned about this, my bad habit of doing work before bedtime stopped.
I set my phone to have a Downtime from 9:30PM till 7:00AM.
From 9:30PM, I can’t communicate with staff or check email. Instead, I read a book, talk to Caz, watch a movie, and get more sleep.
I no longer check my phone as soon as I wake up. Instead, I go out for a walk and notice the birdlife, kangaroos, and rabbits. I get to enjoy breakfast peacefully and be in a better mood before I hit my desktop.
Meditation is born out of your personal desire to instill balance in your life. What works for me might work for you too!
If you have other techniques or tips, let me know in the comments below.