Sometimes you decide to meditate, but it feels like your mind didn’t get the memo. As soon as you sit down, your head starts bubbling with thoughts of all kinds: memories, plans, worries, that terrible radio jingle.
To me, the most irritating thoughts are the ones that go something like, “How long have I been sitting here?” or “How much longer until this is over?” These “how much longer” thoughts can trigger a sort of panicky impatience. You might feel a powerful urge to stop meditating or to open your eyes and check your timer. More than once, I’ve had the (objectively crazy) thought, “What if my timer is broken? If I don’t check, I might sit here forever!”
As you meditate more often, these “how much longer” thoughts quiet down, but that can take some time. In the video below, I share a simple strategy that will help speed up the process.
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Mikayla L., third-year undergraduate, University of Victoria, British Columbia
“Yoga isn’t my thing. Meditation isn’t my thing. Relaxation isn’t even really my thing. However, Simple Habit has changed my mind. This app has five-minute meditation sessions where you’re guided through the process, which is a great way to get started in the meditation game. No excuses about forgetting—you can set reminders for whatever time of day you want to meditate. Interesting side note: The app creators were actually on Shark Tank, and they believe this app has the ability to help people become more mindful.”
Simple Habit promises being able to focus better, but I’m still procrastinating. It does help me identify where I’m carrying my stress, which, as a student, is everywhere.
There’s an attractive-sounding guy telling me to take a break and listen to the sound of his voice—that’s pretty fun.
Given that I’ve never been able to successfully meditate without falling asleep, this app taught me how to combat that. I truly enjoy meditating now and totally see the benefits.