How to Meditate Without Meditating

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Everyone says meditation helps with anxiety. With focus. With depression. With just getting through life. You’ve tried it, but just haven’t been able to make it part of your regular routine. But there’s good news, there are things you can do to get the same benefits of meditating without actually having to meditate. They’ve worked for me, and they can work for you, too.

How Can You Meditate Without Meditating?

Usually, when you think of meditating, you think of sitting still in a quiet place and focusing on one thing. That thing may be breathing, it may be observing your thoughts, or it may be something else entirely. No matter what, finding that calm, still space can be a challenge in the midst of everything else fighting for our attention.

Focusing on the idea that meditation is about focusing on one place, breaking your mind of the habit of jumping to different topics, worrying, or fixating, other activities can offer that same focus. Here are a few that have worked for me.

Coloring: Adult coloring books have become super popular in the last couple of years, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I love them. It’s great to watch the picture come to life in vivid color. Somehow the stresses of the day just kind of melt away as I’m choosing between green, cyan, and turquoise.

Walking: Not only is it great exercise, which can help with anxiety and increase endorphin, but walking gets you out of the house.

Watching a fire or candle: This one might seem a little strange, but I love it. There’s something so mesmerizing and calming about watching the flicker of a flame.

Organizing and cleaning: It may not sound like fun, but cleaning can be a great way to focus your mind on something while also being productive at the same time. There’s nothing that says you can’t be both mindful and efficient at the same time.

Have I missed anything? What techniques work best for you?

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