20 Mindfulness Tricks for When You’re Too Busy to Meditate

It’s possible to find calm in even the most chaotic of lives


Living a high-stress lifestyle has its perks — you’re immensely productive, for example, and you can probably handle many of the curveballs life throws at you.[slideshow:104491]

But stress has its drawbacks, too — it can actually affect your health in more ways than you might think. Not to mention how miserable and chaotic it feels to be constantly stressed out.

Just like getting enough sleep or eating nutritious foods, lowering your stress can be an important health investment. Meditation is proven to work — it lowers your stress, improves your health, and can even improve your overall life satisfaction according to some studies.

But here’s the thing: Meditating takes time. That’s time that you, as a busy, overcommitted member of society, do not have. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how easy those mindfulness apps make it. You do not have time for a 20-minute meditation. Or, even if you do have the time, you might rather be doing something else.


Mindfulness and meditation can take many forms. They don’t have to take tons of time, and meditation doesn’t have to come in a lengthy audio recording. There are lots of little things you can do to reap the benefits of mindfulness — these tricks are quick and simple enough to fit into even the busiest of schedules.