Can yoga help you achieve work-life balance?
Work-Life balance is something that all of us strive for! But mostly we end up feeling stressed and burnt out from our day-to-day work and other activities which keep us occupied most of the time. This has a strong but negative impact on our mental health. Burnout leaves us in a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion.
Access to our rational, thinking brain, as we once knew it, totally loses. With the continuous workload on our body and mind, there is a constant pressure that keeps building on inside our brain, which after a certain point of time, can end up leading to a state of anxiety, irritation, anger, and eventually depression. Then, our brains start searching for additional things to invoke pleasure and keep us going.
To start with, one coffee, alcoholic drink, cigarette, provides the ‘hit’ we need, but over time, more and more is needed to provide the same relief. Then the more toxins we put into our system, the more the essential nutrients, such as vitamin B, that we need for dealing with stress in the first place, get used up in the detoxification process. This becomes a vicious circle leading to the intake of more toxins which turns into building up a destructive personality in yourself, which we realize often too late.
So, before your ship has sailed, take an action! And it should be taken now. The key to staying out of stress and burnout is to consciously build in time for your wellbeing. Exercise – including Yoga and meditation – relaxation, hobbies, family, friends and fresh air are all part of giving you the inner resilience, increased energy and the ability to perform at your best. Work-life balance is actually the key to peak performance. Stress is silent in its approach and devastating in its burnout outcome.
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 let you deal with the constant changes of the 21st Century.
1. Yoga lifts your mood
Regular Yoga practitioners are often found to ward off depression from their lives, thus making them happier. And a happy version of us leads to a more uplifted approach to everyday life, thereby enabling us to manage our personal and professional lives considering them to be two different entities.
2. Promotes Wellbeing
Yoga and meditation can be seen as a form of workout, but it may also prompt you to make healthier lifestyle decisions. They may give you the push you’ve needed all along – whether it may be gaining the courage to say what you feel, or knowing what to choose when. It helps you to prioritize things from your huge task list and help you deliver your scope better.
3. Makes you appreciate your Leisure time
Yoga and meditation help 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.
4. Promotes Self-Growth
The working people especially the corporate class is bound to get caught in the rat race, to an extent where we totally forget to see our dead job which is slapping us right on our faces. By regularly practicing Yoga or meditation, we get the opportunity to self-analyze our situation, effectively equipping with the tools which are needed to grow as an individual and thrive in a world of chaos.
5. Gives a Better Sleep
When we are struggling to strike a good work-life balance, we generally become insomniac. By doing meditation or yoga on a daily basis, you’ll be improving your sleep quality significantly. It also helps us to feel less fatigued the next day thus helping us to cope better with the stress of our daily lives.
So if you are really seeking to attain a Work-Life Balance, you should start practicing Yoga today. (Source)
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