You fell asleep
shurkin_son/Shutterstock The first spare moment you have is at 11 p.m., after homework, dinner, baths, and the kids are in bed. You’re dozing off as soon as you close your eyes—what a surprise. After 20 minutes, you wake up, feeling frustrated that it didn’t work. Don’t be mad at yourself. See slumber as a positive and healthy result. “Falling asleep during meditation is a good thing,” says Light Watkins, author Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying. “It shows that it’s working. Go with it.” If you need help with scheduling, check out 10 tips for sneaking meditation into your life.
You can’t focus
UfaBizPhoto/Shutterstock Here’s the primary misconception about meditation: It’s impossible to think about nothing or completely clear your head. If your mind wanders to the laundry or work deadlines, don’t get annoyed with yourself. “It’s harder to focus than to let your mind wander,” says Watkins. But she says it’s not important how well you focus during meditation—you’ll get better at it over time. What’s important is how meditation will help you focus better at work or in a conversation, he says. “You’ll be able to focus better after you finish,” says Watkins. “Focus is a byproduct of meditation, not its means.” And you’ll reap some of yoga’s many health benefits—decreased anxiety and stress. Find out why you should practice yoga.