I’ve been very busy over the past few weeks (which I’m grateful about with it being early days of my new business!). I have noticed however that this has had an impact on my regular mindfulness practice. What was 30 mins slipped to 20 then some days to 10 or even less on those very busy days.
Now, with a mindful attitude, I have tried not to be judgmental to myself about this and treated myself with kindness. But to add to this I got ill last week – only a cold but it meant I had to take a break from my running (now one of my regular mindful activities). I began to notice the impact this was having on me – not too dramatic but I started to feel a little more “frazzled”, more stressed than usual about workload and generally unable to think as clearly. This made me a little more snappy and reactive than usual too.
All in all I realised what I needed to do – more formal mindfulness practice! So I set the intention a few days ago to do a longer, daily practice and I’m already noticing the benefits. I’m feeling more in control, calm, logical and focused even my cold is improving so I hope to be running again soon (there’s quite a few studies including this http://www.mindful.org/flu/ showing the link between regular meditation and fewer colds)
Reminders like this are useful sometimes as you notice the reason you may have started mindfulness in the first place – to feel happier, calmer, more focussed and more in control. You really see how useful it is do especially at your busiest times.