Over the last 6 months or so I have really taken my meditation practice seriously, and it has made a huge difference in my life. But I’m definitely not perfect and I have days where I skip meditation, sometimes multiple days in a row. I have started to notice that there is a big difference for me in the days that I do and don’t meditate, so today I am going to share with you 5 things that happen when I don’t meditate.
1. When I DON’T Meditate I Have More Stress
Meditation is one of the best stress relievers known to man. When I meditate it helps me to step outside of myself and my problems, and it makes the things that are stressing me out seem much smaller afterwards. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, take some time to sit and clear your mind. Usually its your thoughts about the stress that are worse than the thing stressing you out in the first place. If I’m not meditating I can definitely tell a difference in my stress levels.
2. When I DON’T Meditate I Feel More Anger
I started to notice about 6 months after my daughter was born that I had become really angry all of the time, which was extremely out of character for me. I am typically a very happy and easy going person, so as soon as I noticed it I knew something wasn’t right. I’m still not sure if this was a mild form of PPD, because it never got severe enough that I felt like I needed to seek help (if you do think you are struggling with postpartum depression I would still advise you to seek professional help). If I miss out on my daily meditation too many days in a row I can feel myself getting angry so much easier. Meditating helps me to feel calm and focused which helps me to not get angry over the little things.
3. When I DON’T Meditate I Am Not as Focused
The mental clarity that comes with regular meditation is something you definitely get used to. But when you stop, even for a few days, you really start to miss that feeling of clarity and focus. When I don’t meditate I am groggy, unfocused and unclear. I go throughout the day in a bit of a fog and just can’t seem to focus on projects or things I’m working on. I crave the focus that I get when I meditate because it feels so good to have clarity and focus.
4. When I DON’T Meditate I Have Less Motivation
Meditating daily has really helped to motivate me in so many different areas of my life. Along with all of the clarity, energy and stress relief comes a lot of motivation to work hard, to be my best, and to push myself to new heights. That motivation that I get from meditating really helps me to improve myself and to show up as my best as often as I can.
5. When I DON’T Meditate I Have Less Energy
After a good meditation session I am left feeling revitalized and reenergized, every time. Something about taking that five to ten minute break gives me so much more energy to get through the rest of the day. When I’m not meditating my days seem to drag on and I feel so much more tired and sluggish. I know that I need that time for myself every day in order to show up as my best self.