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Very few alternative health practices get as much attention as meditation. It’s been a fairly mainstream practice for decades now, and doesn’t show any sign of stopping. So what is it about this ancient religious technique that makes it so popular in modern times? The answer to that is clear. Contemporary times are becoming increasingly demanding, busy, and stressful making us desperate for relaxation and relief.
That’s exactly what meditation provides, in addition to wellbeing, concentration, and a host of other benefits. So if you’re stressed at work, as so many of us are, it might be worth it to try this popular and ancient practice for yourself. Let’s take a look at the types of meditation and the benefits of meditation when stressed at work:
Common Types of Meditation
Transcendental meditation is the process of achieving a unique state of consciousness by meditating with a repeated mantra, and allowing your mind to drift to a state of calm and deep relaxation. This method is sometimes led by an instructor and may require some time to learn. Mindfulness meditation is a relatively simple form that involves concentrating on your breathing and disconnecting yourself from the thoughts that pass through your mind. Mindfulness can lead to a relaxed state of wellbeing.
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Meditation for Reducing Stress at Work
It’s common to get stressed out at work. Constant deadlines, important meetings, performance reviews, meeting quotas—the list goes on and on. Work is stressful for many, many people. Rarely do we ever get relief from the daily demands at work that bleed into the rest of our lives and keep us up at night. If you identify with any of the above sentiments, it might be time to try meditation for yourself and join the many who swear by it for relaxation and happiness.
Meditation can be done at any time. You don’t need to set aside hours of silent time. You can try simple meditation just about anywhere, whether you’re sitting at your desk, riding in a car, walking, or whatever else. You just need to learn the techniques and then practice them daily.
You will reduce work-related stress by allowing yourself to exist in the present. So much of our stress is worrying about the future or trudging over past events, so meditating will bring you into the present and reduce the burden of events outside of your control.
In addition, meditating will reduce stress by neutralizing negative emotions. Negativity keeps us from being happy when it’s all we think about, and amplifies stress up to unnecessary and unhealthy levels. Meditate, and begin to let the negativity go, and let goodness and calm feelings become your state of mind.
The relaxing and mood-altering benefits of meditation can do wonders for your life if you’re stressed at work. You owe it to yourself, your coworkers, your boss, and your family to reduce your levels of stress.
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