Last week I talked about what leads to meditative states. To continue this powerful work, this week we’re going to talk about how workplace meditation will benefit you. There’s plenty of research going around right now that talks about the benefits of meditation, especially meditation at work! Keep reading to learn more about this research and to find out the 5 ways workplace meditation can benefit you!
Recent studies have shown significant effects on physical and mental health for people that practice meditation, self-hypnosis and other stress management tools. Here’s a quick review of a recent study:
A randomized, pre- and post- controlled study done in 2013 was conducted involving 303 employees (187 men and 116 women, age 23–64) from six IT or media-related companies. Half of the participants were offered web-based health promotion and stress management training (the intervention) lasting for six months. All other participants constituted the control group. Different biological markers were measured to detect possible physiological changes.
This research shows some amazing results. After 6 months, the intervention group had improved significantly on these 5 things:
- Improved ability to manage stress
- Increased quality of sleep
- More mental energy
- Greater ability to concentrate
- Feeling more supported socially
(And as an added bonus, I’ve found in my work that meditation can help increase sales, too! Click here to read more about that.) These results show the amazing benefits of meditation (if you want some light reading of the actual research study, click here). By offering wellness initiatives that include meditation in the workplace, organizations can help contribute to employees’ overall health and well-being. If you’d like help setting up an in-person or a virtual (online) workplace meditation training for your organization, either in person or online, click here to contact me. In the meantime, here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!
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