You may find yourself struggling to manage the stress caused by the expectations of today’s changing climate on top of all your other responsibilities. When we’re bogged down by stress and anxiety, it makes it much more difficult to be focused and productive, thereby making our to-do list grow longer and longer. However, you can work to eliminate stress through mindfulness and meditation.
You have probably heard about mindfulness, but you may not be completely clear on what it really means. To begin, let’s discuss what mindfulness is NOT:
- Another thing “to do”
- Becoming a monk or a hippie
- “Controlling” your mind
- A formal practice that takes hours
Instead, mindfulness means to be present and to live with intention and awareness. Meditation is a simple act to allow you to practice mindfulness. It helps you connect to your breath, let go, slow down, and tune into the moment. Meditation has several proven benefits, including:
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- Reduces insomnia by 50%
- Can increase your attention span by regularly practicing for just 4 days
- Relieves back pain by 30%
- Lowers blood pressure by 80% with regular practice
- Improves general wellness
In addition, meditation can be extremely impactful within the workplace. It has been shown that:
- Meditation increases employee productivity by 120%
- 60% of employees experiencing anxiety in the workplace showed marked improvement upon practicing meditation
- Businesses with meditation programs for employees experienced a 520% profit increase
So how can you start down the path of practicing mindfulness at work? Here are 3 ways to eliminate stress through mindfulness and meditation.
Slow Down To Speed UP
Effective, mindful leaders take time to slow down what they are doing to make the best decisions and take the best action. You can use breathing to bring you back to the present and prevent burnout from being motivated by stress. The next time you find yourself rushing through a task, stop and take three deep breaths before continuing.
Do One Thing At a Time
Multi-tasking can be a source of stress and lead to ineffective results. The mindful thing to do is to focus on one thing at a time. To help, you can use a journal to write down what task you are focusing on for the next amount of time and then set a timer.
The more grateful you are, the more happiness and the positive impact you will experience in your work, relationships, health, and creativity. Put this into practice by choosing to write down one thing you are grateful for in your work each day before you begin or end your day. As an added element, consider the “why” for the things you are grateful for to really help you fully realize your gratitude.
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Alisha Leytem is a transformation mentor, wellness teacher, and retreat facilitator. She has worked with hundreds of people worldwide since 2015 to create wholeness in their mind, body and soul through coaching, workshops, online courses, weekend retreats, speaking engagements and more that supports their personal transformation and growth. Highly trained as a Certified Wellness Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Meditation Guide, she is passionate about contributing to the awakening of natural living, personal growth and authentic leadership.
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