Guest blog by Daniel Nouman from Avirtual.nl
Increasingly popular in recent years, 'meditation' and 'mindfulness' seem to be the new buzzwords bouncing around on social media. Like the number of people living in modern, fast-paced city life, the level of stress increases. When stress is not treated properly, stress can negatively impact efficiency, productivity and focus, as well as mental health.
Especially for entrepreneurs, taking on the failure of a company can cause extreme stress. So to be a successful entrepreneur, it is vital to combat setbacks to ensure that your business is heading in the right direction. To help all entrepreneurs, we have compiled a handy guide on how to get started with meditation!
What is meditation?
The term meditation comes from the Latin word "meditatum," which means "to think." The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years, the earliest data dating back to around 1500 BC. It is adopted by various religions and is praised worldwide by celebrities, specialists and entrepreneurs.
But what does it mean today? The popular meditation app "Headspace" describes the activity as "training in awareness and a healthy sense of perspective." Realistically, it means what you want it to mean, supported by the ideal goal of getting some mental space in your head. Crucially linked to mindfulness and modern moving meditation such as yoga, let's look at how meditation can help you and your company in practice.
What are the advantages?
Entrepreneurs stress is not something to ignore. Although tackling itself will be daunting, it is easy to ignore stress until it becomes unmanageable. But if you practice meditation as an entrepreneur, you may be able to implement it later in the core of the corporate culture to ensure employee satisfaction and a fantastic working environment.
Learning to meditate is like learning a new skill. It takes time and dedication. But if you realize it, the benefits for you and your company are endless. Thousands of studies around the world have shown that conscious meditation has major effects on our mental and physical health - here are just a few of the proven benefits:
- Increased focus
- Decreased stress
- Improved sleep
- Improved creativity
- Better state of mind
Scientific research supports the fact that we can build up areas of our brain by training the brain through regular meditation. By doing this, we can basically rewire them to improve positive traits such as focus and decision making while reducing negative factors such as stress and anxiety.
How can you improve your business as an entrepreneur?
So we know what it can mean for your individual health, but what about your company? Many people say that they do not have enough time to meditate, but in fact your company can also benefit from just ten minutes of mindfulness practice.
Learn to concentrate and exclude distractions, use the great skill to improve focus and concentration. Have you ever noticed that you are easily distracted by any movement, noise or vibration from your phone? Sometimes, to be more productive, our brains have to slow down and fight tasks with more awareness and focus.
Not only that, but meditation has proven benefits of increasing your creativity. Filter the daily mud from your thoughts so that creative thoughts can develop. Meditation also helps to convey these ideas. For an entrepreneur, effective communication is the key to efficiency. Managing your emotions under stress means that you can be resilient when needed. Mindful meditation can turn stress upside down and bring about more success in the smaller aspects.
Finally, meditation promotes a positive outlook. As an adventurous entrepreneur you can experience difficult setbacks, obstacles and failures. But by taking the time to meditate and see these failures again as a learning process, you can keep a positive outlook and keep moving forward.
How do you start meditating?
Now that we have become acquainted with meditation, let's see how you can apply it to your life, company and mindset.
Try different types
Over time, mental health experts, spiritual leaders and researchers have developed various forms of meditation. The variation means that there is probably a form of meditation that suits everyone, regardless of age, lifestyle or personality! They each use different thought patterns, but with the universal underlying theme of clearing the mind and focusing on breathing. Here is a list of our top five variations to get you started:
- Moving meditation - try a relaxing deep stretch yoga class to free body and mind
- Mindfulness meditation - works by focusing on becoming more aware and being present in the moment
- Respiratory awareness Meditation - Encourage you to focus on the breath to promote a sense of well-being
- Loving kindness Meditation (Metta-Meditation) - focus on breathing and face all negative thoughts with compassion
- Zen Meditation - Similar to Mindful meditation but it goes a little deeper. The goal is to breathe and observe your thoughts carefully without judging and simply noting the emotions that are everywhere.
Does that still sound too airy? Then try first relaxing music with nature sounds and see how you feel after ten minutes of listening.
Use a mobile app
Although we can describe and envisage meditation, getting started is perhaps the tricky part. We recommend an easy entry through a handy mobile app. Two tried and tested examples are Headspace and Calm. Both have different programs of guided breathing and meditation techniques to promote focus and concentration, so that you gradually get into full meditation practice over time.
Whether you want to increase your focus, improve your sleep or just want some clarity of mind, meditation will be a good next step for you. But if your workload turns out to be unmanageable, you can request a free trial version from a virtual assistant to see how this can help your business.
With proven benefits to improve your productivity, focus and efficiency, meditation is a win-win situation for anyone who wants to sharpen and increase their long-term capacity for hardships and obstacles in their personal or business life.