I Tried Meditating Every Day for 30 Days: Here's What I Learned

James Logie

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I will doubt nothing now.

It’s not that I had any doubts about meditation, it was just something that I never saw being part of my lifestyle.

I didn’t think that meditation would fit into my lifestyle. I’d rather be in the gym or doing more intense exercise.

It only took one session of yoga to take me down a notch.

As strong and fit as I thought I was, yoga humbled me. I also found out how beneficial yoga was for strength, flexibility decreasing anxiety, and finding a better sense of calm.

Could meditation have a similar effect?

I’ve been seeing more and more people refer to it and thought I would throw my hat in the ring doing it every day for a month.

Here’s what I found, and how it can help the creative process.

Meditation is Not Overwhelming if You Start Small

I have never had the greatest attention span. I’m kind of like a hummingbird after a 6-pack of Red Bull. The thought of having to be inactive and sit motionless for an extended period seemed intimidating to me.

I took a lesson from my past role as a personal trainer. I always instructed new clients to start small and build from there — and I needed to remind myself of that.

Similar to being new to fitness, if you take on too much all at once you’re not only going to feel overwhelmed but frustrated. This causes people to burn out quickly.

I decided on 5 minutes at first and used an app that not only had excellent reviews but — after checking my last credit card statement — was also free.

It had guided meditation which I thought would be helpful as I had no idea what I was doing.

Focusing on the Breath

I’ve always been aware of the benefits of breathing through sports and fitness and how it’s incredibly important for your health.

I enjoyed hearing instructions on how to focus on your breathing.

My mind tends to be all over the place, so learning to be aware of your breathing was very helpful.

It was also helpful to be reminded to return the focus to the sensation of breathing when your mind wanders — which mine does a lot.

I experimented with a few different instructional meditations and they all had this focus on returning to the breath.

This was really amazing to me, and after the first 5 days I was going up to ten minutes each time.

By the end, I was doing 15 minutes, which is pretty good for me. Along with this increased discipline, I felt some other effects.

I Felt Like My Anxiety Just Disappeared

This is weird to explain as I think I’ve always had a touch of anxiety, but it’s been more prevalent in the last year — as it has for most of us.

I had started to get heart palpitations from the stress of it all and I don’t know how else to explain it but they are completely gone.

I had been conscious of not making other changes in my life to see what meditation could do, so I’ve kept workouts and diet the same.

I imagined this is a key feature of meditating, but my heart rate surges seem completely under control and nonexistent now.

Looking deeper into this, it looks like I was experiencing what the research reveals about this.

In a 2014 literature review, they examined 47 trials involving over 3000 people and found evidence of meditation improving anxiety and depression.

I felt Better Energy After Meditating

After seeing many people do the same, I meditated early in the day as it seems a good setup for the rest of it.

I found myself with more energy and felt more alert — a benefit I didn’t know or expect, to be happening.

I just had a feeling of more motivation and a lightness that made me more energized.

There’s some interesting science behind this, too. Not only is meditation able to reduce stress, but it brings about an increase in energy.

There is also improved creativity and efficiency, which works well together with the added energy.

I felt more focused when doing things like writing this article. I also felt a better flow and that it was easier to organize my thoughts.

If you’re in a creative lull, have writer's block, or need more focus and concentration, meditating can help improve all of that.

I Started Sleeping Better

I’m not sure if it directly results from the meditation or that I became more aware of my breathing when going to sleep, but I found myself able to fall asleep quicker and wake up a bit more refreshed.

It turns out the science backs this up too. Research from UCLA found that meditation helped improve sleep quality in older adults with sleep disturbances.

My sleep wasn’t perfect — but definitely an improvement. Some of those tired mornings may have been from watching a late-night House Hunters marathon, though…

Meditating Helped Me Structure the Day Better

It was only 15 minutes, but I felt more on top of things and could set up what I needed to do each day a lot better.

I think that time helps you to focus and clear your head so you get a better hold on what you need to accomplish each day.

It’s a great discipline that, to me, has a trickle-down effect on other areas of your life.

I’ve tried to set a consistent writing schedule in the morning, and that has not gone as well as I had hoped.

I have now been consistently writing at the same time each day, and I believe this is because of meditation.

It feels like a combination of motivation, energy, and structure that has allowed for this.

I will definitely stick with meditation. I know I’ll miss days here and there, but I can’t picture the day without it now.

I realize everyone will find different results and experiences from it, but my goal now is to increase the time each day and I look forward to seeing where that takes me!

Final Thoughts

So over to you now. If you haven’t started meditation — or it’s been a while since you last did it — now is the perfect time to jump back into it.

Remember, start small and gradually build from there.

If your mind wanders, that’s ok — it’s about recognizing that and then quieting the mind.

It might not click at first, but like any new habit, you’ll get better at it with time and consistency.

I have found it very helpful when it comes to matters of creativity and discipline.

No matter what type of work you do--or if you just need more focus--meditating is a great way to help improve it.

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