A healthy body and mind are essential for optimal performance—on the job and off.
As you may know from reading my blog, I love to dance. Not only is it fun, but it’s also part of my fitness routine. Even when I’m lethargic and feel like skipping dance class, I always feel so much better and happier afterwards. It’s a physical and mental boost!
Keeping one’s body in shape is important because it also keeps the mind sharp.
Don’t think for a minute that learning and practicing Zumba moves doesn’t involve some high-level motor and memory skills!
One popular way to keep one’s mind sharp is meditation. Meditation, according to Wikipedia, is a practice in which an individual trains the mind to induce a mode of consciousness. It’s a state of thoughtless awareness that brings about calmness and peace. It’s not, as is sometimes thought, a practice that completely clears the mind of mental chatter. It’s a way to observe, without judging.
There are many benefits to meditation that can enhance your professional life, too:
- Meditation can help you cope with the external “noise” that clogs up your day. Juggling the needs of your job and your family, and everything else that comes with being an adult, can be overwhelming. By meditating, you can slow down and find it easier to focus on what’s most important.
- Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mental clarity. If you are stressed about your job or a difficult decision in your life, meditation can help you get to the root of the issue and make calm, rational decisions.
- Meditation can foster creativity and productivity by helping you think more deeply and come up with new, creative ideas and solutions to problems. Once you are in a meditative state, and you can focus clearly without distraction, you may find that your mind goes to new places that you didn’t expect. It’s like finding a brilliant, unused corner of your brain!
If you’ve never tried meditation, I recommend you give it a shot and see how it can bring some peace and clarity to your daily life.
There are a variety of ways to meditate—there is no right way. Some meditations are guided; some are not. Start out slow, just five or ten minutes a day, preferably in the morning before your day ramps up.
Like my Zumba moves, it can take some practice—but the well-being benefits are worth it.
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