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To really improve your performance at work, find the time to meditate during your lunch break. A 2012 study [PDF] conducted by researchers at the University of Washington found that regular meditation boosts focus, memory, energy levels, and overall mood. If you have 10 to 20 minutes to devote to clearing your mind, you’ll be better prepared to tackle your work once it’s time to return to the office.
Society is moving at warp speed. We are suffering from time scarcity, we are over-worked, and under pressure more than ever before. Stress is being piled on from many vectors in our life; financial, relationship, deadlines, work, parenting, even traffic. If we are not careful each one of these can have detrimental effects on our health and well-being.
A 2015 survey from Staples Advantage and WorkPlaceTrends found more than half of American employees reported feeling burned out at their jobs. One small way to combat this troubling trend is by better utilizing the breaks we’re given. Lunch breaks are the perfect opportunity to refresh in the middle of a hectic day. Mindfulness has been proven to help rejuvenate and refresh your mind and perspective so that you can return to work perhaps a little less stress, and possibly even happier.
SO LEAVE THE OFFICE AND TAKE A PROPER LUNCH BREAK
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True lunch breaks are something of a rarity these days, so I am here to excavate them once again. We need to demand that our health and well-being return to the forefront of our lives. According to a 2012 survey from Right Management, only 19 percent of workers take regular lunch breaks away from their desk while 28 percent reported "seldom" taking a lunch break. While some employees may work through lunch with the intention of being more productive, staying put can have the opposite effect. According to psychology experts in this NPR article titled, "We are Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks, and It Is Bad for Business," agree that a change in environment is beneficial to creative thinking. Leaving the office, even for a short while is a simple way to refresh your brain.
Why Use Your Lunch Break to Practice Mindfulness Meditation:
If we leave our minds untrained, we are actually diminishing our productivity, our ability to make decisions, and even our self-confidence. There have been countless studies that prove that stress left unchecked leads to a higher susceptibility of cardiovascular disease, insomnia, headaches, ulcers, fatigue, digestive problems, poor memory, anxiety, depression, and many more conditions that are contagions in our lives. Meditation is an antidote of sorts. It triggers in the body a relaxation response that is the opposite of the physiological stress response known as fight or flight. You don't have to meditate for very long to reap the benefits and rewards that it can give you.
But as my great teacher says, "Don't take my word for it, Come try it and see for yourself."
I will be at Whole Foods/East Cobb/Merchant's Walk every Friday from 12:00-1:00PM to lead a simple mindfulness meditation. Take a break from the vicious cycle of stress that is clouding your mind.