The business world is growing more and more competitive. If you want to remain relevant and keep your business in good standing, then you have to put in more hours. Putting in more hours means working harder and working harder will inevitably lead to more stress.
That shouldn’t be too surprising. Running a business is stressful whether you are starting out, or as mentioned above, just trying to stay afloat. Unfortunately, being too stressed out can have negative effects on your health and your productivity. If you aren’t productive, then putting in all those hours won’t do you any good. However, there are ways to manage your stress and meditating daily is one of them. There are several ways that meditation will make you more productive but here are 5 of the most important ones.
Handle Stress Better
Have you ever gotten to the point where you are so stressed out that you just don’t know what to do? It’s easy to move from that feeling to complete demotivation and not complete anything at all. Daily meditation can help defeat that.
In fact, the Mayo Clinic even reports that daily meditation clears away the information overload that builds up and adds to your stress. When you meditate, you can let go of the things that are unimportant and focus only on the most necessary things. That way you can put your energy into being productive and not lose it to stress.
Improve Brain Functions
Another way that meditation will make you more productive is by increasing your brain’s functions. Have you ever heard of gyrification? Gyrification is the “folding of the cerebral cortex as a result of growth, which in turn may allow the brain to process information faster.”
According to a 2012 study, gyrification happens more in people who meditate often. Basically, if you start meditating daily, your brain may be able to process information quicker. The quicker you can process information, then the quicker you can respond, and the more productive you’ll be.
That’s not all though. Not only can meditation aid in gyrification, but it can also slow down the aging process of your brain too. When you meditate, there are structural changes in your brain that improve its sensory, cognitive, and emotional processing capabilities.
In that article from the Mayo Clinic that we referenced earlier, it says that meditation can help you stay healthier. This is especially true if you have a health condition that is worsened by constant stress.
How does this help you be more productive? Think about it. If you aren’t feeling well, how capable are you of focusing on your work tasks? Probably not very capable at all. If you can prevent yourself from getting sick through meditation, you’ll be able to focus better and be more productive.
Taking the time to meditate before bed will help your brain calm down and stop thinking about all the tasks you’ve completed and those you still need to do. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and your productivity. Just like getting sick makes it more difficult to focus, so does a lack of sleep. Consider meditating before bed to help you sleep better.
Increased Attention Span
One of the biggest benefits of meditation on productivity is the increased attention span you’ll get from it. With so many things coming at us from every direction in today’s world, our attention span continues to drop. With daily meditation, you can start to fix that.
Basically, meditating helps you access, process, and release information in a faster way than before; keeping your energy and attention levels high. This allows you to focus on the information you really need and stay engaged long enough to finish your project.
Start Daily Meditation Today
Gone are the days when only yoga instructors and ‘hippies’ meditated. Today, lawyers, bankers, professors, and so many others are doing it because of the enormous benefits it provides. Meditation will make you more productive in these 5 ways, and many others, if you do it daily.
What are you waiting for? Start meditating today and watch your productivity levels soar!