Once the allure of new notebooks and fresh pencils has worn off, that back-to-school aura can fade fast. And after a long, relaxing summer, getting back into the swing of school and work can be a tough adjustment. Thats because concentration is a skill that we build by practicing. So if youve gotten out of mental shape over the summer, youre not alone! Cut yourself some slack, then get regain your focus with meditation.
Soon your mind will wanderyoull think about what youll have for lunch, or a friend that hasnt returned your text message. Dont psychoanalyze your thoughts. Just let them go and come back to the flow of breath, in and out. Eventually you will be able to increase the time it takes before you “space out” again. This is the goal: sustained attention, concentration, and mental fitness. Try to sit for at least 3 to 5 minutes, and gradually increase the amount of time with each meditative session.