The Power of Meditation for Workplace Stress Relief
Being an executive is difficult. Not only does a high-level position require more energy and dedication than any position you’ve held before, but you also have to worry about the future of your company and the wellbeing and productivity of your employees, in addition to yourself. With such a high degree of responsibility weighing on your shoulders, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and anxious, hindering your productivity in the long run. The question, then, is how to prevent yourself from becoming paralyzed by stress when stress is inevitable.
Interestingly, studies show that the key to overcoming anxiety in all facets of life (not just in the workplace) is positive thinking. Essentially, this begins with actively making an effort to recognize when your thoughts are counterproductive or negative in nature and working to correct them in the moment so that they don’t become firmly entrenched patterns.
There are a few different ways to go about developing this skill, which is commonly referred to as practicing mindfulness, and taking up the practice of meditation is arguably the most effective of them all. Contrary to what you may think, meditation can be used for many practical purposes beyond attaining enlightenment. Regular meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce blood pressure and decrease physical manifestations of stress, like stomach problems and headaches. The best thing about meditation is that it allows you to take time out of your day to do precisely what you’re encouraged not to do during the rest of the time — stop thinking.
If you’ve never meditated before, there are a wealth of resources online that can help you get started. Mindful.org is a great website for beginners, and if you’d like to read an article before making your first foray into meditating, this is a great one to read. Lastly, if you’d prefer to listen to an audio guide, instead of reading one, there’s a terrific app called Headspace that allows you to listen to both short and long guided meditation exercises that foster mindfulness.
If you’re looking for a way to overcome stress at work, you should consider taking up meditation. Your body and mind will thank you for it.