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Meditation Can Improve Your Job Performance

Recently I found myself binge-watching episodes of Parks and Recreation and there is one dialog with Ron Swanson that keeps making me laugh. When Ron is asked “Do you have any history of mental illness in your family?” he replies, “I have an uncle who does yoga.”

I laugh because I used to have the same opinion about Yoga and Meditation. However, now, I’ve come to believe that both can have a positive impact on how you deal with stress.

For most of us, when we become stressed we can feel our bodies tighten up and our minds lock up. As your mind races, trying to solve a multitude of issues in your work life and/or personal life, you end up spending more energy on thinking about your problems than you do on solving your problems.

There has been a significant amount of research on how effectively relaxing your mind and body can help improve your working memory and problem solving capacity. A relaxed and focused mind is better equipped to handle complex tasks.

Imagine if you could improve your working memory by 10%, 20% or even 305. You could be much more effective with your time and accomplish more in a shorter period. You could see increases in not only your work performance but also in how you interact with your co-workers, family and friends.

The inside joke from the Parks and Recreation episode is that Ron eventually does accomplish a little meditation but either doesn’t know it or doesn’t admit to it. “All told we were in there about 6 hour, and no I was not meditating. I just stood there quietly breathing. There were no thoughts in my head whatsoever. My mind was blank. I don’t know what the hell these other crack pots are doing.” Hey, if Ron can do it . . . maybe you should give it a try.