Any medical professional knows that work can be very stressful. Twelve-hour shifts, working overnights and tending to the every need of patients can leave you with very little time for self-care. That’s why working meditation and mindfulness into your daily routine is a great way to combat stress at work.
Most people turn to caffeine to get their daily boost of energy, however, meditation and mindfulness have been shown to do just the same. Meditation can help you sleep better, boosts your DHEA hormones and can help regulate stress, all of which contribute to better energy levels.
Meditation has been shown to increase grey matter in parts of the brain responsible for self-regulation, introspection and compassion. All of these characteristics can help when dealing with conflict within the workplace.
Chronic stress has been shown to be terrible for your emotional and physical health. If you work in a stressful environment day in and day out, adapting meditation into your life can greatly reduce how you handle stress over time.
One study from the University of Washington tested how mindfulness worked in multitasking. The results were conclusive: "The meditation training seemed to help participants concentrate longer without their attention being diverted. Those who meditated beforehand spent more time on tasks and switched tasks less often, but took no longer to complete the overall job than the others, the researchers learned."
Work environments can be filled with chatter, but are we actually really listening to each other? Mindfulness teaches you to be present and to deal with the "right now." This can help you learn to listen to what's in front of you, instead of thinking about potential stressors down the road.
Receiving and doling out criticisms in the workplace can be a difficult thing to do right. Mindfulness and meditation helps individuals learn to relax their nervous system and regulate emotions, allowing them to receive potentially harsh information.
Indecision can be paralyzing. Medical professionals are entrusted with making crucial, sometimes split-second decisions. Mindfulness and meditation help bring greater mental clarity to those who practice, aiding in decision making.
As you delve deeper into your meditation practice, you'll begin to work on your posture and find the benefits of better posture. Ideally, your meditation posture will spill over into your work life; this is especially beneficial if you spend a long time sitting at a desk.