According to Elba Mueller, a Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor at the Chopra Centre, successful businesses need to be actively pursuing the following in order to remain competitive in today’s competitive global marketplace:
- Possessing a clear vision of their goals
- Inspiring to be innovative in their approach towards supplying products and services
- Leading mindfully to guide individuals and employees towards success
- Creating an atmosphere of teamwork to enable employees to exceed industry standards (1)
A lot of the above can be greatly helped by implementing what is known as the 5 minute meditation. The health benefits of meditation have been a hot topic for awhile now, and the 5 minute meditation is becoming more and more popular, due to its low commitment level.
5 minutes? Anyone can do that!
And this concept isn’t exactly new: thought leaders and successful business people from all walks of life, all over the world have been touting the benefits of the 5 minute meditation as an invaluable tool because of its direct relationship to overall success, both personally and professionally.
Here are some ways that the 5 minute meditation can help your Vancouver wellness business:
Meditation keeps your brain healthy for longer.
A 2015 study conducted by UCLA “found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged.” Essentially, more gray matter in the brain equals more cognitive function. If you’re running a wellness business, you probably want to remain sharp and actually live the message of preventive health that you’re probably exuding.
Employees are more productive.
Meditation doesn’t take time–it makes time! Think of it this way: if you wake up after a terrible night’s sleep and you go to work, you’ll be dragging your butt and barely making it through your work day. But instead, if you called in tired, slept for a couple more hours, and then went to work, you would probably be at least as productive as if you were there the entire day, being a zombie.
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, touches on this theory in her book ‘The Sleep Revolution‘–and the same thought can be applied to meditation. Employees who get more rest and mindfulness can be just as productive (if not more!!) in a shorter period of time, than those who work a full 8 hours while being tired and uninspired.
You need to be awake and feel good to be truly creative!
Employees show increased loyalty.
The very act of meditation results in gratitude. No one leaves a meditative session and thinks that they hate life or that they wish they had more. Being given the gift of 5 minutes to slow your brain, body, and mind and be simply left alone to just ‘be’ is something to be thankful for–and that’s how participants perceive it.
When someone is grateful and thankful, they are more likely to be loyal. And as an employer, if you’re helping your staff achieve a higher potential by permitting mindful downtime, your employees will in turn be more loyal to you and your business.
Especially if they can notice the benefits that a 5 minute meditation generates!
The effects of meditation rival clinical antidepressants used to treat depression and anxiety.
In 2014, a research study titled ‘Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-Being‘ led by John Hopkins University studied the correlation between “meditation and its ability to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain…researcher Madhav Goyal and his team found that the effect size of meditation was moderate.” (2)
So what does this mean for your wellness business? Well, if your business is striving to build an active health culture (which your business should, if you’re literally in the business of selling health), then prescription-free employees set a great example. Also, if you’re paying premiums for your employees’ healthcare, a group 5 minute meditation each morning might save you some dough in the long run.
5 minute meditation sessions lead to increased communication among employees.
When you can experience something healthy and life-promoting in a group of peers and/or coworkers, you are more likely to form a bond with those people. This leads to not only increased communication in the workplace, but also shared feelings of loyalty (mentioned above!) and togetherness.
Fresh + Fit urges you to try the 5 minute meditation with your group of employees for 90 days. In that time, you’ll be able to decide whether or not it’s making a difference to workplace morale, as well as to individual health and well-being.
If you’re in the wellness business, you owe it to yourself, your staff, and your customers and/or clients to practice what you preach! So be mindful, get inspired, and try to meditate.
*Note: if you want to try this online, check this out: https://5minutemeditation.com.