What is habit stacking and how can it help me meditate?
Dec 14, 2022
Have you been wanting to incorporate meditation into your daily routine, but struggle to make it a habit? If so, you may want to consider using a technique called habit stacking.
Habit stacking is a simple but powerful tool that can help you create new habits. The basic idea is to "stack" a new behavior onto an existing habit, so that the new behavior becomes automatic. For example, if you already have a morning routine that includes making coffee, you could "stack" a new habit, such as meditation, onto this existing routine by incorporating it immediately after making your coffee. This way, the new habit becomes part of your existing routine, and it's more likely to stick. Finishing your coffee becomes your cue for beginning your meditation. Because you already have a consistent habit around having your coffee, this makes it less likely you'll forget or skip your meditation.
Where can you fit meditation into your existing routine? Here are a few ideas:
Very first thing in the morning after your morning hygiene. In this waking state, your brain is still in a semi-sleep state which is closer to a meditative state
Immediately after your morning coffee
Right when you sit down at your desk for work, before you open your emails etc.
Right after lunch, before you return to your afternoon work.
At the end of your day, as a way to decompress before heading into your evening routine.
Right before bed as a way to unwind and relax from a stressful day