We all have a lot on our plates. You may work long hours in a business where you are responsible for the needs of your company, employees, and customers. Or you may work even longer hours in your home, raising a family.
It is all too easy to neglect your own health and self-care, which can be detrimental to your goals. There are several reasons you should consider beginning a yoga or meditation practice as part of your plan for success.
Give Yourself an Energy Boost
You can’t be effective in any purpose if your internal batteries are consistently low. In addition to balanced nutrition, low-impact exercise like yoga releases endorphins and increases blood flow to your brain, which increases your energy levels.
A mindful meditation practice takes just 10-15 minutes of your morning, and you will feel refreshed, reenergized, and motivated to tackle any challenge that comes your way.
Manage Your Stress Better
The physical and mental benefits of yoga and meditation are exponential, and all you have to do is relax. Running a business or managing a family is stressful. Regularly practicing mindful relaxation and simple breathing techniques helps reduce stress, and anxiety by helping you focus on one moment at a time.
Expand Your Leadership Philosophy
Whether you lead in a business or a family, you may not realize that your own self-care is essential to those around you. Tending to your own physical and mental wellness is vital to becoming a better leader.
According to expert researchers at Harvard University, yoga and meditation are great tools for improving reasoning, reacting, decision-making, memory, and mood.
Enhance Your Capacity for Empathy
Focused meditation not only improves cognition but also makes you a more empathetic and compassionate communicator. Through your daily meditation practice, the neural connections in your brain get stronger, and you begin to regulate your emotions and manifest positivity. This new mindset makes you more affectionate and socially amicable.
Let Yourself Rest
Every day is a busy day, whether you juggle business, family, or community obligations. Seeking to meet the expectations of others may cause burnout and overwhelm, depressing your immune system and inviting illness.
You might feel like you don’t have time to stop and unwind, but overextending yourself negatively impacts your ability to function in any capacity.
You deserve time for self-care. You may close your door for a brief yoga practice or venture out to a local studio for an hour-long class. Adding your personal time to your calendar gives you the opportunity to rest and reset your brain, which can ultimately improve your productivity and creativity.
Additionally, it models the importance of self-care to those who admire and watch you. Whether they are family, friends, or co-workers, they will recognize the positive effects of your leadership and follow your example.
The world needs you to shine your light. Being aware of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs and prioritizing their care, will fuel your light to shine brighter.
Has yoga been a practice for you, or are you curious about exploring it as a part of your self-care? I would be curious to hear what other ways you fill your cup.
– Guest article by Bruce Fletcher, Lifetime of Happy