It is not a far-fetched idea to realize many people meditate to give themselves a competitive edge. However, studies are now proving that meditation can contribute positively to life in the workplace. In analyzing 10 empirical studies carried out in North America, Europe and Asia, meditation not only benefits personal mental health, but it can impact social relationships, as well as alleviate role conflicts and benefit organizational innovativeness and development.
Setting up a 10-minute break in the morning and mid-afternoon can spearhead your workplace into a powerhouse of creativity and productivity.
Visualization is a powerful daily practice that you can use to give your brain a roadmap for success. Studies have shown that the brain cannot distinguish between a real memory and an imagined one. This means when you vividly imagine something coming to fruition, you can create new neural pathways that are going to give your brain a real clear point of focus.
Studies have revealed that a fun workplace makes for happier and more satisfied employees. Workplace fun has been linked to:
- Enhanced motivation.
- Increased productivity.
- Reduced stress.
- Higher job satisfaction.
- Improved task performance.
Even if you have a small group of employees, you can build in social time to help alleviate stress and build camaraderie.
It should not be a new that the top retail spaces put money into their playlists, ensuring an experience that will impact the mood of their shoppers and their purchasing behaviors. But it does not have to be curate by a full-time branding music director. Studies have shown that playing music in the hallways and conference rooms helps to bring cohesiveness, especially during cooperative work or when moods are dipping due to deadlines and projects.
You can plug in some chill-out music, but do be aware that studies have proven that instrumental music over lyrical gets more thumbs up for focus and attention at work than soundtracks with lyrics and various voices. Keep it to a light instrumental to get your employees tapping their toes and keyboards happily.
How can intermittent fasting help your bottom line? Everything from balanced energy, focus and brain clarity can occur when you take a long break between eating a meal the night before and breaking your fast 16-18 hours later. We are learning that intermittent fasting helps the body’s major systems like digestion take a break to allow the “cleaning crew”, or autophagy, begin once most people have gone past the 12-14-hour mark. Not only does the body get rid of dysfunctional cells, it boosts human growth gormones and increases the number of mitochondria to transform our body into a better burning machine.
Your mom was right: Napping is just plain good for you. A nap between the hours of 1-3 p.m. for 20 minutes can restore alertness, enhance performance and reduce mistakes and accidents, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Cannot fall asleep because you are too worried about not waking up?
For most of us, a cold shower does not sound appealing, but to ward off sickness, it is becoming the norm for many not wanting to lose days off work. If children in the Netherlands can do it, so can you! And of course it was a Netherlands study that proved a routine hot-to-cold shower resulted in a statistical reduction of self-reported sickness from work. After a hot shower, participants chose (depending on ability and health) to have a 30-second, 60-second or 90-second cold shower afterwards.
So next time you are feeling cold come on, test out a chilly shower to lessen time out of work.
According to research, including certain foods in your daily diet can help your heart, blood vessels and brain. Green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, berries, tea, coffee and walnuts are all on the peak-performer’s shopping list these days. Notice these foods are all natural and not high in simple sugars, which slow down our cognitive functions at a high rate.