Five Benefits of Meditation in the Workplace
Meditation offers an abundance of benefits, but can be especially helpful in a workplace setting. Mindfulness and meditation help to bring your attention inwards. Through focusing on the present and noting any thoughts mediation can help you understand yourself better.
Our agency recently had the privilege of inviting in a meditation expert to lead our teams in a series of exercises. Focusing on health and wellness in the workplace has been proven to increase employee happiness and decrease employee burnout. Bringing a meditation expert into the workplace was a great way to unwind with coworkers in a setting that we would otherwise not have the opportunity to. It was great way to meditate for people who may have developed an interest in it, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet or don’t know where to start. It gave us a new perspective on the importance of unwinding in your daily lives. Here are a few more benefits that meditating can have, improving your daily life.
Learning to manage stress properly can trigger a domino effect of positive outcomes. Decreasing your daily stress is proven to lower your blood pressure. A lower blood pressure is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Meditation teaches you to stay focused on the present, both during meditation and in your day-to-day life. Staying present minimizes stress by preventing you from worrying about the past or future.
Meditation can help boost energy levels. Too much stress is proven to minimize productivity. Meditation decreases the stress hormone, cortisol, removing an energy drain. By giving you the tools to help you clear your mind of stressors and tomorrow’s worries, meditation can help with insomnia. By helping you get a better night’s sleep, you’ll have more energy throughout the next day.
Increase Quality of Work
Meditation can increase your quality of work. As a communicator, it is important to re-center yourself to ensure you are focusing on what’s really important. Meditation can help you keep calm when distractions and deadlines come, and focus on what you and your clients need. Meditation improves your ability to work under stress through heightened focus and attention. By focusing all of your attention on one thing and giving it your all, meditation helps keep you from careless work or sloppy multitasking. By giving your thoughts attention in meditative practice, meditation gives you the skills to refocus and decrease the amount of time your mind is wandering. Repetitive meditation practice may even promote divergent thinking which may help boost your creativity.
Through increased self-awareness, improved compassion and self-compassion and improved communication, meditation can improve your mood. Regularly meditating can decrease irritability, and increase happiness. Focusing on the present is powerful. By focusing on the present, meditation allows the practice to become more level headed and less reactive to negative feedback. The practice may even reduce job strain and burnout.
Long Term Effects
Long term effects of meditation can be seen through daily practice. Mediation may begin with stress relief but through repetitive practice, you can become more self-aware and more aware of others. In fact, meditation may change the way you interact with the world. Through frequent practice, you may become calmer and more level headed.