There’s a buzz in the air, the birds are chirping and nature has started afresh. Wouldn’t it be great if your mind, body and soul did the same thing? Well, it can. Kind of.

Meditation lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety, improves immunity, increases energy levels, increases serotonin levels, balances mood and sharpens focus. And, even with your busy schedule, you can fit meditation into your day. Here’s how:

Morning breath

According to Deepak Chopra, the best times to meditate are on an empty stomach, either early in the morning after washing or in the evening after work. And you don’t need much time. Wake up half an hour or even just five minutes earlier than usual – because every minute spent breathing deeply and consciously has benefits.

Not a morning person? Take a few minutes at the end of the day instead. Squeeze in a minute of calmness during an ad break when watching TV. Or while you’re in the bath.

Schedule time

Is your diary so full that you can’t remember to take a breather? That’s okay. Schedule it in. Got a gap between meetings? Block the time in your diary to sit somewhere quiet and regroup. Use half of your lunch break and book the other half to focus on silence.

60 seconds

Don’t even have 5 minutes to relax? How about one? You can find a stray minute anywhere to take a few deep breaths. You can even get it in while you’re doing other things. For instance: breathe to a rhythm while you walk. Or find peace while standing in a queue at the bank. Get a few of these power minutes in a day and you’ll notice the difference.

Summer is always a good time for good habits. And with meditation’s many health benefits, it’s like starting 20 good habits all in one. Breathe in and out – it’s good for you.