You’ve probably heard meditation can help calm your mind and ease your anxiety but did you know it’s been proven to help you focus at work as well? Now more than ever, we have so many distractions, especially with new working environments. Some of us are back to the office full-time, others are still working from home, or have a mix of both.
According to a study by Harvard researchers, the human mind wanders a whopping 47% of the time and when your mind wanders, you become more stressed out and unhappy than when you stay focused on what’s happening in front of you. A recent follow up study from the University of Cincinnati not only supported the Harvard research but found that mindfulness meditation helps prevent your mind from wandering and keeps you on task. They also found that mindfulness meditation also prevents distracting thoughts from interrupting
So what does this have to do with work?
The research found that meditation can lead to you making less mistakes, which is crucial for being successful at your job. They discovered that with just 20 minutes of regular meditation, the brain begins to detect and pay attention to mistakes closer, which can help increase the way we function and our performance.
Meditation can seem intimidating, especially in the beginning. You might be worried about how much your mind is going to wander or your hands are going to fidget. We’ve broken down a few simple steps to help you incorporate meditation into your routine.