I’ve been struggling with concentration lately. Life has thrown a few boulders right at me and I have had to write everything down to make sure it gets done. I always make lists, but this writing things down has gone far beyond that. So I’ve been having a go at meditating as a way of trying to help my mind find a way through and I think it’s done the trick.
I’ve been using the Headspace app on my mobile phone which is free for the first 10 days (in fact it seems to be free beyond that although you only have access to a limited range of meditations both before and after your free trail. I’ve been trying to meditate. Sometimes I’ve done it during the day, but it’s often the evening before I remember and have the time to devote to it. That said I’m not doing long meditations and most are only 3 minutes long. It would be easy to meditate yourself after this by just setting a timer.
The amazing thing is how effective it has been. To be honest I didn’t have great hopes and mostly tried it because it was recommended by a friend who is a professional in the therapy field and I trust her judgement. It has been really good for me. I don’t think I’ve fully regained my focus and my concentration, but I am in a considerably better place with it, maybe a 50% or even 75% improvement, os it’s made a big difference to my life.
Only downside is that J walked in on me when I was doing it the other night and put me off my focus. He was also puzzled about what I was doing, so I had to explain. I’d chosen a time when he was in bed, but he couldn’t sleep so he came in to tell me that. If there is a next time I think it will be easier because he knows.