Do you know that a Gallup poll
revealed that the average worker puts in 9.4 hours per day, with many saying they work at least 50 hours per week.
But in another classic case of less is more, research shows that burning the midnight oil does not always translate into a better work product. In fact, a study of 52,000 employees across Europe revealed that people who work intensely for long periods in an effort to meet tight deadlines had decreased mental and physical well-being. They were also more likely to feel unsatisfied with their work and were less likely to be promoted.
The human brain and body are not wired to run nonstop at 100 mph. We need to take breaks, to rest and recharge our batteries. Meditation is a great way to do that. Whether you practice a simple three-minute meditation or dedicate a longer stretch of time to meditate before you start or end your day, the benefits are real and tangible. You will feel better physically and mentally.
So don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to be the first in and last to leave. Whether it is in your work or in your meditation habits, focus on quality, not quantity.
“Anita is a wonderful teacher. I learned a lot of hands-on techniques from the expert and practical guidance Anita provided. It was inspirational to be in her classes, taught with integrity, humour and a deep intuition.” Helena Mervart-Tichy, M.A. Psychotherapist (Retired)