Not a single person stayed unaffected during the Coronavirus epidemic. Our personal, social, and work lives changed in more ways than one. Living rooms became offices, zoom meetings became new normality, and next to it all, a lot of people had to become teachers, cooks, and entertainers for their kids who are homeschooling. In the midst of this health epidemic, work-related stress serves as an accelerator, worsening mental health-related issues such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
A study by Bostock from University College London, suggests that short daily meditation can reduce job stress, and improves psychological wellbeing. 238 healthy participants from UK were included in a study, which tested the effects of mindfulness meditation. The study was done using a smartphone app, which had 45 prerecorded 10 to 20-minute audio meditations. The participants were divided in two groups – one group would perform one meditation per day and the other group would not. Later the two were compared. While the average participant in meditation group preformed 17 meditations in 8 weeks, the results were promising. The group showed improved wellbeing and better perception of work place social support. The group was also showed improvements in their stress levels and were less worried by their job even weeks after the experiment.
So every manic Monday, stretch your yoga mat, and do some meditating while your coffee is running. A happy person is a healthy person and not only your body, but your colleagues and family will be thankful for those few minutes you spend on yourself.
Bostock, S., Crosswell, A. D., Prather, A. A., & Steptoe, A. (2018). Mindfulness on-the-go: effects of a mindfulness meditation app on work stress and well-being. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, (2018 05 03). https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000118
Blog writer: S. Kodele