By Eric Carrell
We live in a crazy, fast-paced world among a society that’s overloaded with stress.
It’s really no wonder that most of us don’t know how to strike a good work-life balance since we need to be on-call 24/7, thanks to the advances in technology these days.
It gets worse.
Volatile job markets, an insane cost of living, and the burden of supporting and planning for your family’s future can leave you feeling like you have no other choice than to work yourself to death.
Why Work-Life Balance Is Important
At the end of the day, we all still need to make time for ourselves, for finding happiness amidst the obvious chaos we exist in. Striking a perfect work-life balance is important for our physical and mental health because it will help you manage our time more effectively, helping us make the most of every second, and finding a Nirvana, even if we are employed on a full-time basis.
How Can Yoga and Meditation Help?
Practices such as yoga and meditation can act as preventative measures against building stress. It can help you maintain a perfect balance between work and living life to the fullest. These exercises can help you get balance in life, help you become more flexible (both mentally and physically) and help you deal with the constant changes of the 21st Century. If you are unsure how to meditate, there are plenty of meditation workshops available!
Benefits of Yoga and Meditation for a Work-Life Balance
1. It Lifts Your Mood
Consistent yoga practices may help ward off depression and may also boost serotonin levels, which makes you feel happier in general. A happier mood leads to a more uplifted approach to everyday life, and may help you leave your work at the office in order to promote a better work-life balance. You can also take to nature to practice both meditation and yoga. We highly suggest taking yoga outside so you can benefit from the beauty of nature.
2. It Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
Sure yoga and meditation can be seen as a form of workout, but it may also prompt you to make healthier lifestyle decisions regarding your health and wellbeing. Whether it’s cleaning up your diet or finally getting the courage to say what you’re thinking, these exercises may give you the push you’ve needed all along. There are countless benefits of yoga, but this is definitely a main one!
3. It Promotes Better Sleep
A big problem for most folks struggling to strike a good work-life balance is the fact that they just don’t get enough restful sleep at night. By doing meditation or yoga on a daily basis, you’ll be improving your sleep quality significantly. It’ll also help you feel less fatigued during the day as you go about your tasks and might help you cope better with the stressors of everyday life.
4. It Makes You Appreciate Leisure Time
Yoga and meditation helps you draw a distinctive line between work and pleasure. It will help you shut off for the day and shift your attention towards family time or some time to reflect on yourself.
5. Yoga and Meditation Promotes Self-Growth
Often times we get caught in the rat race, so much so that we’re unable to spot a dead end job even if its slapping us in the face. By regularly practicing yoga or meditation, you’ll have the opportunity to self-analyze your situation, effectively equipping you with the tools you need to grow as an individual and thrive in a world of apparent chaos.
If nothing else, we hope that this post has inspired you to take some much needed time for yourself on a daily basis to just relax and regroup. By doing yoga or meditation on a regular basis, you’ll have the ability to manage stress more effectively and also take care of yourself better.
All this will help you establish and maintain a better (if not perfect) work-life balance and essentially lead a more fulfilling life.
Eric Carrell is the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. He is also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. He enjoys all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. He currently lives in Brazil where he can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around his city!
Editor: Dana Gornall