Aah, the age old question: When is the best time to meditate? Right after waking up, before going to bed, or does it even matter at all? Let's see what science has to say on the matter.
If you started a daily meditation practice, even as short as 5 minutes a day, then you are on the right track to becoming the happiest, most productive and smartest version of yourself: Congratulations, this first step is often the most difficult one, and you took it. But what if there was a way to increase the benefits of your meditation sessions without having to sit down and actually meditate for longer? Sounds pretty appealing, especially to a busy person such as yourself, I bet. Let us take a look at how we can accomplish this.
Just do it whenever you see fit? Not exactly...
Meditation is not like most activities. If you have to work on a report for work, for example, it won't matter all too much whether you finish that report at 9 in the morning or 9 at night, as long as you got it done in time. Meditation is slightly different, yet this general rule still applies: Meditating whenever you can is still a lot better than not meditating at all. However, if you want to put your meditation gains on steroids, so to speak, you ought to take into consideration the time at which you fulfill your daily practice, because this does make a difference. Much like a nutritious breakfast, an early meditation session sets you up for the day ahead, and gets you in the right mindset to not only be productive during the rest of the day, but also mindful and focused on your work. Many studies have shown that meditating right after waking up -and I do mean RIGHT after waking up- is the ideal time to be doing so. It's what I personally do, and I can confirm that it is the most beneficial time of the day to sit down and be calm and present before you take on the obstacles of the day. Instead of immediately checking your email and LinkedIn or other social media, you are taking this opportunity to quiet your mind and prepare for the day ahead. There is very little you could do instead that would be more beneficial in the morning!
Other than right after waking up, meditating before you go to bed is also a good idea, although it comes with a caveat, which is that there is little use in sitting down to meditate if you are going to doze off and fall asleep. This will often happen after a long and busy day of work when you meditate at night. My personal trick to avoid this is to not meditate right before going to bed, but about one hour prior. This way, you are far less likely to doze off yet you can still enjoy the amazing benefits of meditating after your busy day. This is especially beneficial because you will be able to process your day in your mind and empty it before going to bed. It's much like closing the tabs of your internet browser after you finished a project.
"It's much like closing the tabs of your internet browser after you finished a project."
Other than this, my best piece of advice for busy people would be: Any time you take out of your day to meditate is time well spent, so please don't fall into the trap of putting off your daily meditation session because you are waiting for the right time of the day. If that's you, then just sit down to meditate instead of coming up with justifications as to why you should wait to do so. It will benefit you greatly in the long run if you just do it right now!
So there you have it. If you still have questions about when would be best to meditate for you personally, given your schedule, leave a comment down below or better yet, book a quick, free call with me during which we will take a look at your no doubt busy schedule and carve out the ideal time of the day for you to implement an amazing meditation session. If you haven't yet started one, this is your sign!
Thomas V is the founder and executive coach of Thomas V coaching and has been meditating practically his whole life, although he only got serious around the age of 16. He is a fully certified meditation coach and practitioner. He is now on a mission to get as many people, mainly busy entrepreneurs, to meditate too, and enjoy the endless benefits it provides for body, mind and soul. By applying a science-based approach to meditation, Thomas can ensure amazing results for his clients, time and time again. If you would also like to enjoy the benefits of a well thought-out, science-based meditation habit, feel free to schedule a free video call here.