When you’re busy with work, family, and life, making health a priority can sometimes seem impossible—too expensive, too time-consuming, too complicated. But in reality, every tiny step you take toward wellness makes a difference. That’s why mindbodygreen and Lorissa’s Kitchen are celebrating the #SmallWins that make healthy living attainable to anyone, anywhere. Here, an Olympic swimmer shares how she fits meditation into her schedule and why she’s a better athlete because of it.
During my peak training for swimming, I was often told to incorporate meditation practices into my daily routine, to structure my unstructured time. I was told it would not only improve my performance in the pool but also calm and strengthen my nervous system so I could have a mentally stable mind going into intense competitions.
“Meditate? Yeah, structuring that doesn’t really work for me.”
So I thought.
At the time, it was a struggle to sit quietly and meditate without any prompts. Having always been a coachable person, I expected more of a visualization exercise. I wanted to be coached—to be told what to do and how to do it.