Meditation activities can seem like an impossible task when your brain is in go, go, go mode. Instead, use a mindfulness meditation technique to help quiet the mind without having to empty your thoughts. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the task at hand, being present in the moment, and recognizing your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and body — as opposed to other forms of meditation that have the goal of clearing your mind.
Mindfulness can help you acknowledge your stresses, worries, anxieties, and busy thoughts so you can categorize and prioritize them in your brain to help make room for relaxation. According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy training “boosts body awareness at the moment, called interoception, which, by focusing their attention on the here and now, arms participants to break the cycle of self-rumination.”
Plus, mindfulness meditation doesn’t have to be done for lengthy amounts of time. Practicing mindfulness can be done anywhere and any time of day. No equipment required — except your brain!