Developing a meditation practice is an amazing tool to help attain your highest potential in all areas of your life, life your work! When we take time during the workday to stop working and focus on the present, it helps to create a stronger control of the mind’s function and productivity. By controlling senses and breathing, it’s easier to let go of thoughts and feelings of the past and future and train the brain to focus on what is happening in the present moment.

It Can Help You Focus and Support your Cognitive Function

Your focus will determine if you can get your project done, or if you can be lost staring onto a blank page with no idea of where to start. When you’re in a conference meeting, and you’re not focused, you may miss the entire point of the meeting and not be able to give any creative feedback or insight.

  • Meditation has been shown to increase states of focus within the brain and improve cognitive function[1,2].

It Can Strengthen Your Immune System

An employee, owner of a business, or freelancer cannot afford to be sick. If you are working, and then get sick, chances are you are work will pile up on you.

  • Meditation strengthens our immune system by improving attention regulation.
  • For example, meditation improves our awareness of our physiological state. Body awareness, in turn, helps us to recognize our body as an entire whole giving us the ability to see if we are wearing ourselves down to the point of sickness [3].

It Reduces Our Minds From Ruminating

Ever get stuck in a spiral thinking far too much about your performance on a project? Perhaps you didn’t get the type of feedback you were hoping for. Or you feel like you totally failed on it? It’s no worries, we all can feel this way from time to time. Sometimes it becomes hard to bounce back; we run obsessive thoughts through our mind.

  • Meditation reduces rumination as it helps us reset are mind to focus on the present [4].

It Reduces Stress and Fear

Work situations can often put people under stress, which can ultimately result to fear.

  • Meditation has helps calm the fear center of the brain known as the amygdala even when you’re not meditating. Why not embrace a practice that has reduce stress and fear.
  • Incorporating a little bit of meditation before the going to your desk will help!

It Helps to Stabilize Emotions

People with more mindful traits are better able to stabilize their emotions and have better control over their moods. The continuous nature of working full time, even part time, can cause a roller coaster of different emotions.

  • Meditation helps you detach yourself from the negative thoughts that keep you from achieving your goals [5].

It Helps With Sleep

One night of lost sleep could wreak havoc on your work day. Quality sleep is one of the most valuable things every person should have.

  • Practicing meditation has been associated with lower stress activation at bedtime, which benefits for higher sleep quality [6].

It Can Help Resolve Workplace Conflicts

Meditation benefits have also been proven to help resolve workplace conflicts. These practices equip employees with better conflict management and interpersonal skills that make resolving issues easier for employees and managers alike [7].

  • How: Brain scans of meditators versus non-meditators shows that meditation helps to trigger the relaxation response, the opposite of fight or flight. The relaxation response can be accessed during times of conflict or stress in order to solve rationally instead of reacting emotionally with the fight or flight response.
  • Employees with meditation practices are aware of their immediate reactions and can more easily step away from a situation in order to make the best decision about how to solve an issue [8].

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[1] Losing Focus? Studies Say Meditation May Help
[2] Meditation improves the immune system, research shows  
[3] Meditation improves the immune system, research shows
[4] What are the benefits of mindfulness
[5] Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state
[6] Better Living through Mindfulness
[7] The benefits of using mediation to resolve workplace conflict
[8] The benefits of using mediation to resolve workplace conflict