Real talk: working a corporate job is immensely rewarding but it can simultaneously feel immensely stressful. To make matters worse, non-work related stress can even overlap into and add onto work related stress. Succumbing to pangs of stress is normal and it doesn’t mean that you lack management skills, it just means that you’re human – and in need of some meditation. Without meditation, coping with stress can be a downhill battle that can impact your uphill climb of the corporate ladder. By avoiding your stress and focusing solely on work, you’re more likely to experience a burn-out or even several burn-outs. It’s just inevitable biology.
By incorporating the easiest stress management technique into your daily work routine, though, you can avoid stress piling onto your plate. The best part about implementing meditation into your work routine? You can practice it anywhere and everywhere, even prior to a meeting.
Why You Should Meditate
Nothing can convince a corporate worker of something quite like facts can so here’s some facts that will convince you to meditate. In 1975, Herbert Benson pioneered scientific research on the benefits of meditation. His findings proved that meditation can reduce the heart rate, blood pressure, and brain activity. Since his research, meditation has been repeatedly studied yet its findings hardly publicized.
A study of the brain was conducted over eight weeks at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2011. The results of the study proved how meditation can change gray-matter in the brain over time. If you’re familiar with biology, it was the hippocampus in particular that showed an increase in gray-matter. The hippocampus is an area known for memory and learning but also self-awareness and compassion. The amygdala changed, too, but instead of increasing in density it decreased. Unsurprisingly, the amygdala is an area related to anxiety and stress.
If the study conducted by Harvard doesn’t convince you to start practicing meditation then how about the fact that meditation is as powerful as medication? To be specific, as powerful as morphine. On average, morphine reduces chronic pain by around 25% whereas a mindful meditation reduces chronic pain by around 40% – in some cases, even up to 93%!
How You Can Meditate
So now you’re probably wondering how to meditate and contrary to popular belief, meditation is not about emptying your mind but an empty mind is definitely a by-product of meditation. Meditation is about learning to observe every and any thought without judgment; it’s about learning to return to the present after the thought arises and subsides.
But to make meditation easier for you, why not just watch a quick video by AkasaFit?