According to the Independent, the average Briton spends 84,171 hours at work during their lifetime. That’s approximately 3,500 days of your life - it’s no wonder most of us want to make every moment in our workplaces as productive and rewarding as possible.
Many factors can affect performance at your job. Often it is not just your skillset that dictates success in your career, but also your attitude towards your work and your co-workers.
Yoga and meditation are essential tools to help clear your mind and help you refocus, allowing you to improve your focus, attitude and energy level. But just how does yoga and meditation help job performance?
1. Higher stress resilience
Every job has its own unique stressors which make us or break us depending on how we cope with them. A study published in the Frontiers of Neuroscience journal has shown that a daily dose of yoga and meditation increases your brain’s cortisol awakening response (CAR), which is linked to improved resilience to stress. When you’re able to tolerate high levels of stress, you can take on new challenges without damaging performance.
2. Lower anxiety levels
Feeling anxious from time to time is normal, especially when facing an unknown or unfamiliar situation. However, excessive anxiety can lead to panic attacks and reduced effectiveness of judgment, which can be detrimental to performance.
It has been shown that the daily practice of meditation and yoga can decrease your anxiety levels and reduce the risk of depression. It also increases mindfulness, helping arm you with the mental and emotional focus to seize the day.
3. Better sleep quality
Adding yoga and meditation to your daily routine can help you sleep better by increasing the release of the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep and wakefulness. Our bodies recuperate and recharge during sleep while processing the information we gathered throughout the day, making it incredibly important for how we perform at work each day.
4. Improves physical wellbeing
Whatever your career is, your physical wellbeing is an essential factor of your success. Every work has its own set of health hazards; even ‘safe’ desk jobs can lead to problems from a sedentary lifestyle as well as increased risk of back pain.
Through daily practice of yoga, your body has better flexibility, balance, and strength to endure the daily grind required by your job. It also helps to protect against developing injuries and suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases.
If you want to supercharge your career and seize that promotion, it’s important to not neglect your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A daily practice of yoga and meditation offers a holistic and well-rounded set of benefits to help you achieve your career goals.