In my early 20’s I went through a transformative time in my life, as most people do. I had gone through a couple of really tough break ups, emotionally hit rock bottom, and for the first time in my life started experiencing what I did not know at the time was some serious anxiety. To this day I battle with anxiety on a regular basis, but with the right tools have learned to manage and improve my mindfulness.

I had found running on a regular basis to be something that made me feel extremely amazing, but was looking for something more spiritually and mentally. Something more guided. So naturally, I found and fell in love with yoga. Through yoga, I found the practice of meditation. I realized when all mind and body felt aligned, a weight felt like it was lifted from my shoulders. I was able to concentrate, breathe through the difficult moments, and learn to let things go.

Meditation now has become such an important part of my daily ritual. Now, by no means am I perfect, and some days I definitely do not make time for it when life is busiest. On the days I do however make time for it, I feel so much better and I am able to center myself. I notice a difference of calming my mind for a few moments helps me to overcome serious things that come up during the day so much better. There are still times I definitely feel more anxious than others, but I am able to manage and shrink the feeling so much better.

Something that has helped me stay accountable is a guided meditation app called Headspace. My boyfriend for Christmas one year gifted me a year long membership and it helped me keep me on track and has evolved my meditation practice where sometimes I do not need to be guided anymore. The great thing about meditation is, you can literally do it anywhere. I meditate in my car, or even at home in bed snuggling my puppy. For me, the best time to meditate is first thing on the morning. That way, my mind is in a great space to take on the rest of the day. I usually notice it shifts my energy into a calmer, more positive way.

It’s so important to take care of yourself before you can begin to take care of others. Even by doing a ten minute meditation in the morning, it’s setting yourself up for more self care. Almost like a domino effect. Even if that was the only thing you did for yourself in a day, remembering to breath and be present is a huge thing. I hope you can find a way to try a daily self care routine like I have.