Productivity means different things to everyone. For some, it means the amount of work that they get done in a day. Others may judge their productivity by how quickly they get things done, and for some, just finishing one task may feel like a feat. No matter how you define it, one thing is for certain: we all want to be productive.
There is no shortage of tips online on how to be more productive. With just a quick Google search, you’ll find millions of articles doling out advice on how to be constructive with your time. We’re adding a really important tip into the mix: meditation. Yes, doing nothing for a couple minutes will actually help you get more done.
Meditation is the method of training the mind to develop concentration, sharpen awareness, and to encourage emotional clarity. Meditation helps transform our thoughts making us more compassionate. After practicing regularly our relationship to our environment becomes healthier and gradually changes our behavior for the better. Studies have shown that regular meditation is beneficial for people who are struggling with depression and anxiety.
“We tend to be time travelers in our mind, often off in the future, worrying, ‘what if-ing,’ planning, anticipating, etc. Or stuck in the past, regretting, resenting, wallowing, etc. This is the stuff of anxious and depressive tendencies. When we ground into the present moment through mindfulness we’re no longer time traveling, but instead right here, right now. And the more we practice being here and now, the less anxious or depressed we feel,” said Shriri Macri, Primary Therapist for Green Mountain at Fox Run’s Women’s Center for Binge and Emotional Eating.
Aside from improving our mental wellbeing, meditation has also been proven to improve our physical health. According to one study, mindfulness and meditation can reduce chronic pain to 90%. This is because it soothes the brain patterns that define pain and eventually changes the structure of the brain itself so that patients no longer feel pain with the same intensity. A lot of pain clinics now prescribe meditation to help individuals with illnesses including cancer.
There are studies that confirm that meditation helps reduce the risk of hypertension and lessen the severity of common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and muscle pain. Additionally, meditation can help improve our immune system. According to a recent study published in the Translational Psychiatry journal. “Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself,” stated Rudolph Tanzi, one of the authors of the study.
There has been copious research done which proves the benefits of meditation to our health, mind and overall happiness. There is also evidence that meditation can improve one’s capability to be more productive.
Some people view meditation as a luxury, not a necessity and find it hard to make time to practice.
For most, it takes time to master meditation. It’s an exercise for the mind and the same way you train a muscle you have to constantly work at it for it to become stronger. With just a couple of minutes a day, you can practice meditating until it becomes a habit.
Here are some simple tips that will help you get started.
Meditation is a simple yet challenging practice. But through it, we get to learn more about ourselves by being present with our thoughts. Becoming more mindful will help you become focused and able to accomplish more.