We’ve all got our vices. These are the things we do because they help us feel good, even if but for a moment. Unfortunately many vices also tend to be detrimental to personal health. If you’re trying to stop a bad habit, then meditation can help to give you the strength needed to overcome those decisions. Here are just a few of the bad habits that can be reduced or stopped with meditation.
#1. Eating Too Much
Boredom eating is a waistline killer. When we watch a TV show, movie, or surfing the web, food is often part of that routine. If we’ve got downtime, we eat. If we’re playing video games, we eat. If we’re driving somewhere, we’ll have a coffee calorie bomb from our favorite store. Meditation eliminates boredom by increasing personal awareness. Instead of focusing on food, you begin to focus on thoughts about the world around you instead.
#2. Poor Posture
If you’ve got neck, back, or shoulder pain after work, then your posture could be causing it. Meditation helps you refine your posture because you begin to notice those little aches and pains and make adjustments to relieve them. Posture for meditation doesn’t have to be the lotus position – lying down, standing up, or chilling out in the bathtub can all work. Don’t force yourself to be in a position that is uncomfortable. Listen to what your body needs and the posture will begin to improve.
#3. Too Much Screen Time
We’re approaching 8 hours of screen time per person, per day in the world today. This includes TVs, tablets, computers, and smartphones. Technology is an important part of life, but it shouldn’t be the dominant part of our life. Meditation can help you stop the addictive feelings that technology access causes so life can feel more normal.
Insomnia happens to almost everyone at some point. Sometimes insomnia becomes a bad habit because we want to binge watch a show or stay up to read a book. At other times it just becomes part of life thanks to kids and responsibilities. To overcome the desire to sleep less, meditation can help your mind begin to quiet down so it can focus on rest.
#5. Worrying About Everything
We know the past can’t be changed. We know the future isn’t here yet. Despite these two known facts, we often feel worry about what has already happened or what could happen. Meditation takes the focus away from these worries to help you focus on the “right now.” You can improve your future. You can learn from mistakes made in the past. Most importantly: you can learn to forgive yourself.
Meditation isn’t a magical cure-all system that will make you instantly feel better. It is, however, a tool that can be used to help you overcome some very stubborn bad habits. Try it for 2-3 weeks to see how your bad habits could become a lesson learned from the past.