One guarantee in life is at some point you are going to be stressed. Balancing, work, family, school, side projects, a love life, a social life, etc. can really catch up to you. It’s important to take time to look inward, process your feelings, and de-stress. Two great ways to reduce stress are meditation + yoga.
Mediation helps you clear your mind + regain focus. I have friends who meditate every day + rave about how at peace they feel. It’s almost a preventative measure to deal with stress. While I don’t subscribe to daily mediation, I do mediate about once a week, usually when I am having trouble focusing on a paper or project.
While there are countless (or as this list say 76) benefits to mediation, many can help you in your career. Like I mentioned early, it helps increase focus. Mediating can also increase problem-solving skills + memory.
If you’re interested in learning how to meditate (it’s harder than you think) Headspace is a cool app that gives you 10 free + instructional 10-minute meditation sessions.
Mediation is often a component of yoga. Both mediation focus on breathing + looking inward. Aside from the mental benefits mediation adds to yoga, this ancient art can help you in your career + overall increase your quality of life. Yoga also has amazing health benefits like lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, + sodium levels. It can increase your metabolism + lung function. Read more here.
Here are the benefits that will help your work life:
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Boosted immune system (fewer sick days)
- Increase circulation
- Better balance + posture
- Less stress + anxiety
- Release muscle tension
Releasing muscle tension is really important to anyone who spends most of the day sitting. Studies show that sitting for hours every day can have serious negative effects on your body. While getting up a few times every hour can help combat these, yoga is a great way to stretch out your hips, butt, back, wrist, and more.
Have you enjoyed the benefits of yoga + mediation? Any tips for beginners? Leave them in the comments.