I believe its actually the gamification of the app that made me continue, I am on a 73 day streak mostly because the app tells me I am, its what helped me build out the rest of my morning and helped me slow my life down a bit first thing.
If you have seen any of the blogs I have written here you will know that I talk about being flawed a lot so for context here is what a regular morning used to look like for me
7.30-8.00am - wake up, always a bit too late
8.00-8.10am - shower as fast as possible
8-10-8.30am - try to drink a coffee whilst putting on clothes
8.30-9.30 - jump on my bike or run to the tube and get to wherever I was working
That’s one hour of condensed stress, no time to reflect, no time to breathe.
Now my morning looks like this (usually..)
5.30am Wake up
5.50am get to the gym
5.50-6.50am work out
7.00am come home and meditate
7.15-8.00am get ready, shower, have a coffee
Now I know 5.30 is awful, it truly almost always is, but its so much better to get up and get moving than wake up at 7.30 a groggy mess. If anything you are groggier earlier so it goes away by the time you leave for work. Science, probably.
Take all this with a HUGE pinch of salt - honestly do what you feel is best for you. If I wake up late, or am ill, or convince myself I’m a lazy lump I’ll grab 10 mins of a lunch break to meditate or do it just before bed.
Meditation has helped me shape my morning, boy do I love a routine, it has also helped me shape how my mind deals with problems, It has helped me become more aware of my emotions and helps me acknowledge them before proceeding. It has made me just a bit happier, which I don’t think is ever a bad thing.