Before you clicked this link I bet at least 50% of you started rolling your eyes, right? Well, to tell you the truth so did we at first in BloomMe HQ when the topic was raised in a meeting, but after a few weeks, even the most skeptical of skeptics on the team have come around to the idea. Overall the atmosphere in the office feels better; we work harder, there’s more clarity in decisions and people just seem less stressed…which isn’t something people in a growing startup usually say- trust me.
Why you should meditate at work
So this is the easiest part to answer, as it’s not just coming from personal experience but is actually backed up by multiple studies all over the world. The fact is that working in a city like Hong Kong where it feels like there isn’t time to stop, can lead to long term health issues if you don’t find an outlet to let out stress, not to worry you or anything. The problem is finding time to set aside. It was a common complaint among BloomMe workers before we started “I don’t have time to sit on the floor for 10 minutes and say “om”‘, but 5 minutes is such a small time fracture that honestly anyone can do it. Especially if you think about time’s we skive to the washroom for a sneaky break.
Just 5-10 minutes of meditating a day can:
Enhance clarity and better focus- when people are stressed their creativity and focus are strained and you’ll often find that the more stressed you are, the more you mess up due to mental blocks. Ever wondered why your best ideas come after a great night’s sleep?
Improve working relationships- stress makes people irritable and this can take it’s toll on co-worker relationships, especially when a big project or an event is due. Taking a breather can help with building empathy and building better communication skills. Overall this leads to better teamwork skills within the company
Reduce stress and improve productivity- When you’re stressed and have a lot on your plate, it’s easy to become less organised and things go astray. If you take 5-10 mins a day to meditate, your productivity increases as well as your motivation and clarity makes it easier to prioritise the tasks you have at hand.
If you’re a business owner, investing in a mindfulness or wellness program shows your employees that you car about their mental state, which in turn will improve employee loyalty and staff turnovers will be lowered.
Firstly, set aside 5-10 mins of your day to do this. Then try and find an empty space with little noise and disturbances, maybe a spare room or an unused conference room. If you’re stuck for space in your work, try pitching the idea to co-workers and do it as a group activity.
Make sure you’re comfortable when you meditate so your thoughts aren’t drifting to hunger, thirst, being too hot/cold etc, then just sit and breath. Honestly just concentrating on your breathing is all it takes, and although you may feel a bit daft at first, after a few days of meditating at work you’ll be able to see the difference in not just your mood, but also your performance at work.
If you also suffer from muscle or sleep problems due to stress, make sure you take time out for a weekly massage which can help these problems as well as improve your circulation (they also feel great!).
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Before you clicked this link I bet at least 50% of you started rolling your eyes, right? Well, to tell you the truth so did we at first in BloomMe HQ when the topic was raised in a meeting, but after a few weeks, even the most skeptical of skeptics on the team have come…