3 Simple Ways To Meditate When You're In A Hurry

3 Simple Ways To Meditate When You're In A Hurry

Mindfulness is about being in the present moment.
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First of all, mindfulness is not about religion and it’s not about a spiritual experience in every day. Mindfulness is about being in the present moment.

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

Being mindful is something that I practice daily. With being in college, things can get pretty hectic, and finding the time to designate to this practice can become difficult. Between work, school, friends and family, I have learned a few tricks of the trade and wanted to share them with you!

There are a few different ways you can incorporate meditation into your busy schedule and it’s up to you to figure out which works best for yourself. We are all unique human beings with intelligent brains that work a little differently than each other and I would love to know which one of these three tactics work best for you and why!

1. Short sits

Finding a minute or two each day to sit and unplug for 60 seconds is something you can definitely manage. Whether you are early to class, waiting for an appointment, or simply taking a break from the job in front of you, short mindful sits are easy to do. Sitting completely still and focusing on your breathing is all that it takes.

You simply clear your thoughts and significant effects will begin to happen. I have found a multitude of meditation podcasts on Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora that are short guided sessions to help you become more mindful.

2. Podcasts

Mindful podcasts are so simple and easy to tune into. Plug your headphones in and find a quiet space to relax and reflect. A few of my favorite podcasts include Deep Energy by Jim Butler (Soundcloud), The Daily Meditation Podcast (also on Soundcloud) and My Meditation Station. Podcasts are a good source of mindfulness to start off your day right when you sit up in bed.

Listening to these first thing in the morning is a sure way to stay present and mindful throughout your day. I have found that during my lunch hour podcasts are a good way to disconnect and clear my thoughts.

3. Driving meditation

This isn’t as scary as it sounds, I promise! Driving is one of those things that forces you to stay in the present moment because you constantly have to be aware of your surroundings. In order to meditate while driving, all you have to do is breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focusing on your breath and letting every thought that arises in your head, drift off until you focus on the present moment of driving. Putting on some meditation music helps with this process as well.

How do you stay mindful? Share with me your favorite podcasts, tactics or even time of day that works best for you.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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My Lifelong Battle With Eczema Has Been Frustrating, But It’s Time For Me To Embrace It

My skin problems are simply a part of me, and it’s time I accept them.

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Ever since I was younger, I've suffered from eczema and scalp psoriasis. For the longest time, my eczema affected my entire body, including my face. I would cry whenever my mom put lotion on me because it would sting so badly. After years of allergy shots, I'm starting to get it under control, but I will never be completely eczema-free.

My hands prove it. Sorry if the cover photo is gross to you, but it's a reality, and I want to portray reality.

On top of that, I have scalp psoriasis, which means that my scalp is itchy, flaky, and scaly. When it's really bad, especially in the winter, I wear hats a lot to cover up the flakes. I have permanent bags and dark spots under my eyes from steroid treatments.

I'm so tired of people telling me that I need to put lotion on and I'll be okay. Eczema is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, meaning that your immune system attacks itself, leading to itchy, red skin. It affects around 30% of people in the United States. Psoriasis is a little less common, but many people who have it experience symptoms localized to one area of the body.

My skin has gotten so bad that I hate washing my hands (even though I obviously do) and I wish I could wear a glove all of the time. I feel like people look at me and think I'm gross.

In reality, they don't. I hate my skin problems, but I don't have to. My skin problems are simply a part of me, and it's time I accept them.

Yes, my skin looks gross sometimes. My scalp flakes make me really self-conscious sometimes. But as summer approaches, I can't hide it. I have to embrace my flaws, and just live.

To everyone out there suffering from a skin condition and wanting to hide, don't. I promise you no one is judging you.

You don't go up to someone with acne and ask what's wrong with them. Other skin conditions are no different.

Someone told me that if I decided to walk around with gloves on my hands (to cover my eczema up and to just stop scratching), I would be like Michael Jackson, just with two gloves. Let me tell you, I love that perspective.

Embrace your body and your flaws. You only have one.

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