Every entrepreneur encounter dips along their journey. They can only reach their greatest potential through facing difficult challenges. While challenges and a hard-working attitude often lead an entrepreneur to success, they can lead to burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, and a multitude of other health issues as well.
Fortunately, there are a number of relaxing activities that an entrepreneur can do to dramatically lessen the amount of stress they experience on a daily basis. One of the prominent ones on the list is Meditation as there are a lot of substantial benefits attached to it.
Take a look at some simple steps to begin meditating today:
Find a Comfortable Place
First and foremost, you need to find a comfortable place which can be sitting on the ground, upright on a chair, or even lying on the ground. A comfortable place helps you gently shift your body into the correct position throughout the meditation. Moreover, maintaining a specific posture helps in setting a positive intention. If you are just beginning the meditation practice, you can explore different options to find the best-suited place.
Use Guided Meditation
Guided meditation helps you quickly de-stress, relax, and return to the present moment, especially when getting started. Instructions from an experienced teacher can help let go of distracting thoughts, and not be so hard on yourself. There are many applications, youtube videos, and audio that can help you find the best-guided meditations.
Be consistent and patient
Although you may find the first few times a little awkward, the benefits of meditation come with consistency. It’s quite challenging to feel relaxed every time you sit for meditation. A body sometimes feels a sense of discomfort or unrest but sooner or later, meditation brings peace and calm which helps you learn how to live more fully in the present. A calm and compassionate mind enables you to use natural intelligence more effectively.
Increase meditation time slowly
Don’t expect to do a 30-minute session in the initial days, the ideal move would be to start with a short duration and then increase it gradually. Longer sitting times give a perfect opportunity to observe the process and change it. Therefore, the focus on meditation must be strengthened gradually, and the power to discriminate between distracting thoughts and thoughts that support the meditative focus must be cultivated.
WHY MEDITATION IS IDEAL FOR ENTREPRENEURS?
The aim of doing meditation is to achieve calmness and a sense of inner balance. Therefore, meditation is ideal for every entrepreneur. It can bring about the following benefits:
Puts a halt to pessimistic thoughts
Entrepreneurs often fall into negative thought patterns from time to time but obsessively dwelling on pessimistic thoughts can eat away the confidence and cloud your mind when you need to think deeply. These feelings eventually lead to chronic anxiety, which can weigh down your mind and thwart your motivation. Always remember, you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. The simple solution is Meditation as it helps in breaking negative thought loops from your mind and helps you become optimistic.
Reduces stress and anxiety
Whenever you deal with chronic stress, tension or anxiety, this response leaves lasting impacts on your health. But meditation comes as a rescue as it produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing anxiety. This process eventually results in an enhanced physical and emotional state of mind.
Helps you become creative
Creativity isn’t restricted just to the world of artists; every successful entrepreneur conjures up creative solutions on a day to day basis. Meditation helps you nurture the idea making part of the mind, therefore, helps you to think outside the box, or wander towards solutions that might not have come to mind otherwise. Studies have found out that open-monitoring meditation improves working memory, reduces cognitive rigidity, and cognitive flexibility.
Brings more confidence
Oprah Winfrey once said that “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allow us to keep looking for new adventures.”. Therefore, confidence plays a vital role. By being still and removing distractions, you gain deeper perspectives and therefore, self-confidence. It boosts feelings of self-confidence by making you comfortable in your own skin.
Meditation was seen as an unconventional pursuit of hippies but many people, including entrepreneurs, are now turning to this practice to bring peace of mind and balance to their stressed-out lives. The benefits of meditation are far-reaching, therefore should be made a regular practice!