Is stress affecting your productivity and morale at work? Meditating can help take control of your life back as well as improve your overall health and wellness. Meditating at work can also have a positive influence on your employees and colleagues. Outlined below are some of the key benefits of introducing a workplace meditation program from the New York Meditation Center.
1. Stress Relief
According to data released by the American Institute of Stress (AIS), more than 80% of employees suffer work-related stress. Sadly, only half of these acknowledge they indeed have a problem or seek help. Failure or inability to manage stress is one of the leading causes of burnout at work and chronic stress. Left untreated, chronic stress can have serious mental and physical health consequences in the long run. Meditation provides a simple way to manage and reduce work-related tension and stress. A simple 10-minute meditation session can help employees feel more relaxed and have clearer minds.
2. Boost Social Interaction and Work Relationships
Meditation enables one to practice mindfulness, especially when in the company of others. Meditating as a group also promotes/improves social interaction in the workplace, bringing positive energy and a sense of unity. Eliminating negative energy (vibe) in the workplace thus makes it easier for employees to relate well and have healthy relationships. This often goes a long way in fostering a positive attitude and outlook.
3. Boost One’s Immunity
As mentioned before, meditating regularly can help keep your stress levels in check. Chronic stress is known to cause a number of health problems, including low/weak immunity. According to a study published by MindBodyGreen, meditation triggers increased electrical activity on the brain’s left side. This is the part of the brain responsible for improving the body’s defense cells.
4. Boost Decision Making Skills
Meditating can help boost critical thinking and decision-making skills. With stress and depression out of the way, most individuals feel fresh and clearer minds, improving their concentration and performance.
5. Improved Mental Wellbeing
According to research, meditating regularly can help relieve emotional exhaustion, depression, and anxiety. This thus protects brain cells from toxicity and cellular damage, improving one’s sense of empathy, mood, and overall mental wellbeing.
6. Build Resilience
Meditation improves a person’s mindfulness hence more resilient over time. Your employees will thus be better placed to cope with different emotional triggers and better management skills. The risk of one succumbing to external or internal pressure or stress is thus greatly reduced.