Study: The Best Place to Relax Your Mind is Not At All Where You’d Think
Looking to get a little peace of mind? While many retreat to the bedroom or a back porch for quiet time, a new study indicates the best place to find your calm place is not at all where (oh how) you’d think.
New research has found that the best place to calm the mind may be through intentional, calm-inducing mental practices …while at work. And while some remain skeptical of “meditation” due to its affiliation with the New Age movement (and the fact that it’s actually really hard to do), the mind-focusing practice dates back to Biblical times, with meditation receiving more than 65 mentions in the Bible.(ESV)
Today, millions of people meditate on a daily basis in order to focus their thoughts, relax their minds, relieve stress, and generally improve their overall quality of life. And the practice has become increasingly popular in recent years, as the pace of life seems to be quickening and more things compete for our attention.
The Value of Meditation, Mental Relaxation
If you’re already someone who meditates, prays for long periods of time or takes time to set intentions through deep thought, then you’re probably quite familiar with all the positives of these exercises. But if these forms of meditation are new to you or perhaps even seems a bit strange, consider the wonderful benefits that they has to offer. Arguably the most recognized benefits are their ability to help one to focus and to think more clearly, and of course they offer usefulness in relieving stress and anxiety.
But there are other advantages to meditating regularly, including its ability to boost energy levels, increase one’s resilience and determination, improve mental stability, and generally promote better thinking as well. In fact, meditation has even been linked to increasing brain function, boosting the immune system, and lowering blood pressure. Since meditation is free, costs only a few minutes of your time, and anyone can do it from a variety of different settings, there’s really no reason not to give it a try. What do you have to lose?
Why Seek This Unique Peace in the Office?
People who regularly meditate, and those who are looking to begin, realize that perhaps the greatest hurdle to the exercise is simply finding the time to do it. But while all of the benefits of meditation are personally valuable by nature, they are also extremely useful in an office setting, making the office an ideal place to practice.
Employees who are more relaxed, have better energy levels and determination, and are thinking more clearly are going to be both happier and more productive. Plus, with less stress and anxiety, meditators will be able to interact with their coworkers more clearly and effectively, potentially boosting the overall productivity of the entire office.
Additionally, employees who have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure tend to miss less time in the office on account of illness. They also work more effectively while they’re on the job thanks to better health. Lastly, the office marks a great place for meditation simply because it can be such a stressful and hectic environment—what better way to combat these forces than by taking some time to meditate amidst them?
Ready to Give It a Try? Here’s What You Need to Know
Sure, you may be thinking that your boss or office manager might not like the idea of you meditating at work, or if that’s not an issue, that you simply might not have enough time to do it. But given the benefits of clarity, less stress and anxiety, and higher energy levels, meditating from the office may actually grant you more time in the long run, as you become more productive and sharper in your work. So if you’re interested in meditating, or simply looking for a better way to fit your regular meditation practice into your schedule, consider meditating at work, it may just boost your health and your productivity.
Read more for tips on how to get started meditating, or to improve your current practice.
Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the health care field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.