In this fast-paced and highly competitive modern age where everyone is clambering to get to the top, we tend to overwork ourselves. This results in stress and burnout and these greatly affect productivity. With stress comes fatigue, we become listless and unfocused and our work performance could drastically degrade. It also affects us emotionally, turning us irritable and impulsive, negatively affecting our relationships.
A simple solution to this is meditation. Wellness experts have touted the benefits of meditation and there have been studies conducted that proved its helpfulness. People who have incorporated meditative breaks into their daily routine swear by their boosted productivity as proof. But what exactly does meditation entail?
Meditation and Mindfulness
Like our physical bodies need sleep to rest, our minds need a break too. We are told that we should treat our brain as a muscle and constantly exercise it to keep it active and alert. But like any muscle, it needs to recuperate so it can perform well again when we need to use it. And a good way to rest our brain is through meditation.
Meditation is simply an act of spending time in silent contemplation. It is a state of mind where you think about nothing (harder to do than it sounds) to relax and find peace. Mindfulness, meanwhile, is a state where you focus your awareness on the present moment, what you feel, your thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Meditation and mindfulness go together in resting your mind. By meditating, you clear your mind of everything. No worrying about tasks to be done or people to call. And once you clear your mind, you can slip into the state of mindfulness. With no more thoughts crowding and distracting you, you start to be more aware of the present. so how can sitting quietly and thinking of nothing benefit you?
Benefits of Meditation
According to studies, meditation has several benefits, particularly to brain functions. It improves cognition because it enhances our focus, memory and attention span, leading to better problem-solving and decision-making.
It can also recharge both body and mind, with one study pointing out that meditating works better than a nap in restoring energy and recharging the synapses in our brains. Participants who meditated performed better compared to their counterparts who merely took a nap.
Meditation is also a great stress reliever, as it directly counteracts stress and burnout. And less stress makes for a happier worker. It also enhances empathy, compassion and curbs impulsive emotional responses, which can improve your relationships with the people around you.
All these benefits point to, you guessed it, a boost to productivity. Enhanced cognition, revived energy, and stress reliever leads to a happier person leads to a more productive workday.
Incorporating Meditation Into Your Daily Routine
The good thing about meditation and mindfulness is that you don’t need any equipment or do a lot of work. the most important thing is to concentrate on your breathing. You don’t even have to do it for so long. A short 5-minute meditation break is enough to revive your brain and body.
Find a comfortable spot with no distractions, sit with your back straight, close your eyes, and breathe. Relax and stop thinking. Focusing on your breaths will help slow down whatever turmoil is in your mind.
If you have trouble concentrating at first, don’t worry. You can try guided meditation audios that are readily available online. Consistency is key. With practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it and can concentrate on your meditation.
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