Millions of people are juggling home schooling with remote working and experiencing enforced isolation.
With so many people potentially at home at the same time, distractions are endless and it’s difficult to stay productive.
Our freedom is limited. We can’t see our friends or family and the usual methods to relax, like exercise, going out for pints at the pub or joining a class at the gym, are restricted.
While anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion, during times of prolonged crisis, it’s easy to feel things are getting out of control.
Afina Partners would like to ask our clients and candidates to pause, reboot and focus on their wellbeing by joining us in observing World Meditation Day this year.
Eating well, taking regular exercise, connecting with friends – even avoiding the news – can help, but meditating has particular health benefits even if you do it for just 5 minutes a day.
As well as reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, it can improve mood, focus and even memory capacity, as well as promoting more divergent thinking, which will help you in your work.
The advantage of meditation is that you don’t even have to leave your desk, simply close your eyes and concentrate on breathing deeply. The more you practise, the better you become at blocking out surrounding noise.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been a huge spike in the number of downloads and use of mindfulness apps, like ‘Calm’ or ‘Headspace’, which are probably the easiest way for beginners to start meditating. These are particularly useful with headphones to block out distractions while working from home and they’ll help you focus on yourself, to exist in the moment.
Employers also benefit.
The insurance firm Aetna offer yoga and meditation classes to their staff, which they say has resulted in an increase of over an hour a week of productivity per employee.
Staff also reported a 28% reduction in stress levels and a 20% improvement in sleep quality.
And if you’re the boss of a business, then find time to promote wellbeing and a good work-life balance in your workforce and lead by example. Working all hours – even in these difficult times – will lead to burnout, which won’t help your business in the long run.
Remember, just 5 minutes of meditation a day at your desk is better than nothing at all.
Join us on World Meditation Day on 21st May 2020.
We hope you find meditation #worksforyou
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