Why should entrepreneurs take up meditation?
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 the modern fast paced city life, the stress level is increasing. When stress is not handled properly, stress can negatively affect efficiency, productivity and focus, as well as mental health.
Especially for entrepreneurs, taking on the failure of a business can cause extreme stress. So to be a successful entrepreneur, it is vital to fight adversity to ensure your business is moving in the right direction. To help all entrepreneurs, we've put together 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 ponder'. The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years, with the earliest records dating back to about 1500 BCE. 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 gaining 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 like yoga, let's take a look at how meditation in practice can help you and your business.
What are the advantages?
Entrepreneurial stress is not something to ignore. While the tackling itself will be daunting, it's easy to ignore stress until it becomes unmanageable. But if you practice meditation as an entrepreneur, you may later be able to implement it into the core corporate culture to ensure employee satisfaction and a great work environment.
Learning to meditate is like learning a new skill. It takes time and dedication. But once you get it, the benefits to you and your business 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 some of the proven benefits:
- Increased focus
- Reduced stress
- Improved sleep
- Enhanced creativity
- Better mood
Scientific research supports the fact that we can build areas of our brain by training the brain through regular meditation. By doing this we can essentially rewire them to improve positive traits like focus and decision making while also reducing negative factors like stress and anxiety.
How can you as an entrepreneur improve your business?
So we know what it can do for your individual health, but what about your business? Many people say they don't have enough time to meditate, but in fact your business can also benefit from practicing mindfulness for ten minutes a day.
Learn to concentrate and exclude distractions, use the great skill to improve focus and concentration. Ever notice that you are easily distracted by any movement, sound or vibration of your phone? Sometimes, to be more productive, our brains need to slow down and fight tasks with greater awareness and focus.
Not only that, but meditation has proven benefits of increasing your creativity. Filter the daily mud from your mind 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 you can be resilient when needed. Mindful meditation can turn stress on its head and bring about greater success in the smaller aspects.
Finally, meditation promotes a positive outlook. As an adventurous entrepreneur, you may experience difficult setbacks, obstacles and failures. But by taking the time to meditate and revisit these failures as a learning process, you can keep a positive outlook and keep moving forward.
How do you start meditating?
Now that we've been introduced to meditation, let's take a look at how you can apply it to your life, business, and mindset.
Try different types
Mental health experts, spiritualist leaders, and researchers have developed various forms of meditation over time. The variety means there is likely to be a form of meditation that will suit everyone, regardless of age, lifestyle or personality! They each use different thought patterns, but with the universal underlying theme of clearing the thoughts and focusing on breathing. Here's a list of our top five variations to get you started:
- Moving Meditation – try a relaxing deep stretch yoga class to free your mind and body
- Mindfulness Meditation – works by focusing on becoming more aware and present in the moment
- Breathing Awareness Meditation – Encourages you to focus on the breath to promote a sense of well-being
- Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Meditation) – focus on the breath 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 intently without judgment and simply note the emotions that are everywhere.
Does that still sound too floaty? Then try first relaxing music with nature sounds and see how you feel after ten minutes of listening.
Use a mobile app
While we can describe and envision meditation, getting started is perhaps what is tricky. We recommend an easy entry through a handy mobile app. Two tried and true examples are Headspace and Calm. Both have different programs of guided breathing and meditation techniques to promote focus and concentration, gradually getting you into the full meditation practice over time.
Whether you want to increase your focus, improve your sleep or just get some clarity of mind, meditation will be a good next step for you. But if your workload proves unmanageable, you can request a free trial with a virtual assistant to see how it can help your business.
With proven benefits to improve your productivity, focus and efficiency, meditation is a win-win for anyone looking to sharpen and increase their long-term capacity for hardships and obstacles in their personal or business life.