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6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

Meditation has a lot of health benefits, yet few people know how beneficial it can be for your professional life. Luckily, when I got my first and only corporate job, I had a colleague who guided me into meditation. Over the years, I began to realize that meditation can turn you from an average worker to a successful worker. This is how meditating for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 in the evening changed my work life in the last three years.

1. I am more relaxed

When I first took up meditation I had been employed at a large corporation for only two days, so I was extremely stressed out and tensed. After starting to meditate for 5 minutes daily, increasing the amount of time each week, I noticed how I became a lot more relaxed. My natural anxious personality was somewhat muted and I stopped being put off by small incidents. On the long run, this made me a better team player and a better problem-solver.

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2. I don’t have moods anymore

Many people have moods, which can alter their professional conduct. Especially in women, these moods can make them more impulsive and make them prone to crying at work. There is no doubt nowadays jobs put a lot of pressure on the employees, so getting help from meditation in leveling your moods can make you a better employee, as well as a better person.

3. I got multiple promotions

As everyone at work noticed my emotional stability and newly found productivity, I got multiple promotions. My managers told me they saw how I became a lot more stable and calmer, even under high pressure. They saw how I was able to take difficult decisions in a short time and they decided I would make a great manager. All these were due to my new habit of meditating, which made me a calm and assertive person, who could manage well tight deadlines and risky situations.

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4. Guided meditation helped me make peace with my inner voice

My entire life I struggled to fall asleep and focus, as my “inner voice” was screaming out loud. After I took up meditation, I noticed just how many thoughts were roaming in my head at the same time. As I advanced with meditation, I also took up yoga classes, which helped me mute my “inner voice” and make peace with my thoughts. Needless to say, this helped me focus at better at my job and increased my productivity.

5. My social skills improved

As I learned to shut down my thoughts, I became a better listener. People came to me for advice and I often found myself motivating my team. I was able to calm other people down and make them realize what really mattered at the end of the day.

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Meditation improved my social skills, because I learned how to listen to people, be calm and relaxed. Then you can easily overcome socially challenging situations, like speaking in front of crowds or making peace between two workers. For someone who had trouble listening to people, this was a major change, brought on by meditation.

6. I learned to love my job

Probably the most important benefit of meditation was the fact that it helped me love my job. It’s not glamorous to stay at the office from 9 to 5, sometimes working overtime, answering mails and completing reports. At first, I hated this boring job. But as I learned who I was and how to control myself,

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I also learned to love my job. I began to see the small, beautiful things at the office. How my colleague was bringing in fresh flowers daily, how another one was burning scented candles and how one of the top managers was always telling us a bad joke at the start of the day. These small things meant a lot. And I realized I loved my job, despite all the long hours and boring work.

There are many more benefits of meditation one can talk about, but you have to start practicing it, in order to enjoy all of them. The sooner, the better!

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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