In today’s fast-paced world, even the thought of coming to a complete stop seems impossible. We live in an age of multi-tasking and constant connection. That means that no matter where we are, our smart phone notifications are a constant demand on our time and attention. Sure, we can prioritize them, and even ignore some of them altogether, but we can’t stop being aware of them, and that constant awareness of multiple pending obligations tends to result in stress. There have been numerous studies about the negative effects of stress, including many types of illness, both physical and mental. Ironically, the busy successful people who are most at risk for stress-related illnesses have the least amount of time to read studies about the negative effects of stress.
For many, the word “meditation” conjures up images of gurus on mountaintops or Buddhist monks living in secluded monasteries far removed from the demands of everyday life. Those demands include not just achieving professional success, but caring for children and aging parents while trying to find happiness and time for friends and family. While all these activities are financially and emotionally rewarding, managing them can be stressful. Meeting multiple deadlines like turning in a vital report at work before navigating traffic to pick up dinner to bring to your son’s soccer game requires superior time management skills. It’s important to use those skills to find time to care for yourself, too. One of the best things you can do to care for yourself is meditate.
The point of Strong4Me is to really put yourself first and feel confident with yourself by being healthy…and to encourage women to get out, be active and put themselves first and get back to the place of loving themselves.” - Kate Upton
What Does Mediation Do?
Experts have discovered that meditation can create new, healthier neural pathways in your brain. That’s important because your brain controls the rest of your body. Without a healthy body, you won’t be able to meet any of those deadlines, no matter how rewarding. Meditation also reduces the level of cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and high levels of it result in cravings, overeating, and the body storing extra fat, especially around the abdomen. For maximum quality of life, we humans need regular vigorous exercise to strengthen the body, and regular relaxed meditation to strengthen the mind.
It’s been proven that meditation can not only strengthen your mind; it can also strengthen your personal relationships. None of us achieve success alone. Our businesses depend on customers and our personal happiness is increased by having people to share our lives with.
Can Meditation Help My Mindset?
Meditating regularly for even as little as ten minutes a day can result in significant positive changes in your physical, mental, and emotional health. One reason for that is that it improves your decision-making ability. The small decisions that you make each and every day affect your life in big ways. Just one simple decision to eat less junk and exercise more can add ten years to your life. A decision to worry less and relax more can make your life ten times more enjoyable. Paradoxically, being completed disconnected from everything, including cell phone notifications and social media, for ten minutes a day, can strengthen all your connections as well as help you create new ones.
“I think it’s really important when you’re struggling with your confidence to focus on yourself and give yourself a little ‘you time.’ Whether it’s in the morning or just going on a walk, yoga — anything to refocus on yourself and get into that good place again.”- Kate Upton
As any successful person can tell you, real success begins with improving the quality of your connection to yourself, and developing the ability to create your own definition of success. Finding balance can be difficult, but when you begin to take time for yourself, through exercise or meditation, you can start to change your mindset and improve your confidence. If you’re looking to change your life, you’ve got to start by loving yourself. Strong4Me Fitness is a sustainable fitness routine that easily fits into your busy life. If you can find 30 minutes to improve your fitness, maybe you can find an extra ten to meditate and improve your mindset.