Question:

Mornings are relatively quiet for me with more opportunities to find 10 minutes for meditation. It is also the time of day when I’m most relaxed. Afternoons are hectic and stressful. Would you recommend meditation in the morning when I am already somewhat relaxed? Or would the afternoon be better as it’s the time of day when you could argue that I’d benefit most from taking a meditation break?

Andy’s answer:

Well, there are several ways to look at this. The great thing about your morning schedule is that you have time to do it. So, regardless of any factors, I would make this a regular fixture in the diary. Once the afternoon comes along and it gets hectic, any number of things can come along and bump it off the to-do list. So the morning is best.

But there are some other factors to consider, too. Meditation is often seen as a way of “fixing” the mind when it gets very busy, or calming the body when it gets stressed. But I think the potential of meditation is far greater than this. Why wait until we are feeling stressed to do meditation? When done on a regular basis, meditation actually helps reduce and prevent stress, meaning we don’t even get to the point of needing to treat it.

Similarly, meditation can help us focus more and be calm and productive, meaning that the experience of work is not so hectic. Instead, it becomes about doing one thing after the next; present moment followed by present moment. Sometimes we have to do this quickly, sometimes slowly, but the perspective of being present transforms life entirely. And hey, if you do find yourself stressing out in the afternoon, take a look at Headspace SOS on the app. You might find that, having already done 10 minutes in the morning, just two or three minutes later in the day will really make a difference.

Warm wishes,

Andy