So I just got back from a trip to Cleveland and Ann Arbor to visit the in-laws. We spent a couple days in Cleveland tearing out carpet in the new house that my in-laws recently purchased (tons of fun). Then we road tripped up to Ann Arbor to see my newly born nephew (3 days old). Theo and my nephew decided to serenade us with a harmony of crying all at the same time. I think they were competing for love and affection (aren't we all, right?)
For those of you who have twins...you guys are amazing! Two babies crying at the same time is difficult to handle for a long period of time.
What I found was interesting is that even though I was on vacation and away from work it can be hard to be present in the moment and enjoy what is right in front of you without your brain going 100mph thinking about what it should be doing. Sound familiar?
But...all hope is not lost! There is a cure for that! And this cure is used by some of the most successful people in the world. Want to now what it is...?
Meditation or mindfulness! Now, before you think, that stuff is just for the New Agers and the yogis and not for you as a busy business owner, let me explain some of the benefits and see if any of these relate to you.
Let's begin with food...
A study was done in people that eat out frequently that showed that mindful eating resulted in people eating 20% fewer calories (1). Mindful eating can be practiced and developed through a daily meditation practice. Hmm...interesting...
What about cognitive performance?
When you are working 12 hours a day wouldn't you want any advantage on focus and the ability to concentrate and execute the necessary plans and strategies you can get? Well, a study found just 4 days of 20minutes per day of meditation improved working memory, problem solving, and executive function. (2,3)
I mean, this probably doesn't apply to you at all. Your life doesn't have any stress in it, right?
Meta-analysis of 17 different studies found that mindfulness based stress reduction programs are effective in reducing psychological and physiological symptoms of stress.(4)
In another meta-analysis of 36 randomized control trials 70% of them showed that meditation alleviated symptoms of anxiety.(5)
8 week of meditation significantly improved sleep quality in patients with insomnia.(6)
How's it sounding now? Any of those things relate to you? Maybe it isn't just for the yogis. But what are you going to do about it? You don't need more knowledge and while all of those benefits sound nice, they don't mean a thing until you actually put them into action.
So how do you do that?
My favorite way is an app called Headspace.
I use this every day (it's only 10min...just don't check Facebook one time and you'll find that time). It is guided mindfulness practice that isn't all woo-woo and weird. You can check out the TED talk done by Andy Puddicombe who is the founder of Headspace.
(Again, I don't get any affiliate with them, it is simply an excellent tool that is used by thousands of people).
Tim Ferriss, the author of Tools of the Titans, has interviewed hundreds of the top performers in the world from billionaires, to athletes, venture fund capitalists) and 80% of the people he has talked with use some form of daily meditation.
So chill out, relax a little, and train your mind like you would your body.
Dedicated to your success,
CEO of Thrive Culture
P.S. If you would like help putting together a complete lifestyle, health, and fitness package that fits in your demanding lifestyle while helping you look and feel amazing reply and let me know.
(1) Timmerman et al. The Effect of a Mindful Restaurant Eating Intervention on Weight Management in Women
(2) Zeidan, F., Johnson, S. K., Diamond, B. J., David, Z., & Goolkasian, P. (2010). Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: Evidence of brief mental training. Consciousness and cognition, 19(2), 597-605.
(3) Boccia, M., Piccardi, L., & Guariglia, P. (2015). The meditative mind: A comprehensive meta-analysis of MRI studies. BioMed research international, 2015.
(4)Sharma, M., & Rush, S. E. (2014). Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a stress management intervention for healthy individuals a systematic review. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 19(4), 271-286.
(5) Chen, K. W., Berger, C. C., Manheimer, E., Forde, D., Magidson, J., Dachman, L., & Lejuez, C. W. (2012). Meditative therapies for reducing anxiety: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials. Depression and anxiety, 29(7), 545-562.
(6) Gong, H., Ni, C. X., Liu, Y. Z., Zhang, Y., Su, W. J., Lian, Y. J., ... & Jiang, C. L. (2016). Mindfulness meditation for insomnia: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 89, 1-6.