Your meditation affects your daily life, but your daily life also affects your meditation: ideally, they need to support each other. To do this, you can use meditation techniques to take a minute to pause, slow down, and collect your thoughts a few times every day. This could be 5-10 slow, mindful breaths, relaxing any tensions in your body, or bringing your meditation object to mind for a few moments.

You'll need to find a way of remembering to do this: you could use an alarm or notification on your phone or wearable device, a mindfulness reminders app, or a sticky note on your computer monitor.

Ideally, aim to take one pause every two hours.

If that sounds like a lot, remember that it's only 60 seconds: the results can feel magical. If that isn't practical, start with just two or three pauses a day.

To get the most out of your meditation practice, it should become a part of your whole life, rather than a task you ''do''. Building moments of meditation into your day and adding a meditative quality to your activities also advance your practice more quickly.