Week 3: Meditation to Boost Energy

Week three already! The past few weeks I have been focusing on the basic benefits of meditation that people are most familiar with: to help manage stress and to get better sleep. This week, I am changing the focus to how to utilize meditation to increase our energy throughout the day. Meditation does not always have to be about relaxation or calming our racing thoughts and anxiety. Meditation can be used as a way of focusing our energy so that throughout the day we can focus on tasks and increase productivity. 

One research study published about nurses using meditation as a means of decreasing stress throughout the day showed that using meditation in the mornings, or before their shift, actually increased their energy. It also showed on EEG scans of the brain that using meditation at the beginning of the day increased alpha waves. Alpha waves are associated with our wake cycle but in relaxed state, which explains why the nurses had decreased stress while still feeling energized. 

Numerous other studies have found that meditating consistently, but particularly at the beginning of your day, can increase concentration, awareness and creativity. Many employers have adopted meditation practices in the work environment to decrease stress and increase productivity while at work. Schools have developed yoga and meditation programs to help children learn to adapt to everyday stresses.

This week's playlist includes many different types of meditations to help wake you up and start your day off right. Try using these meditations in the morning to energize your day and create better focus.

Happy Week 3 of our March Meditation! 

References: 

1) Kian F. W, James T, Michael W. L. C, Kinjal D, Julian L. Positive Effects of Mindfulness-Based Training on Energy Maintenance and the EEG Correlates of Sustained Attention in a Cohort of Nurses. Frontiers In Human Neuroscience, Vol 12 (2018).

2) Ksenija P. Meditacija i kreativnost / Meditation and Creativity. AM: Art + Media, Vol 0, Iss 11, Pp 131-140 (2016). 2016;(11):131. 

3) Park Y, Park Y. Clinical utility of paced breathing as a concentration meditation practice. Complementary Therapies In Medicine. December 2012;20(6):393-399. 

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Angie Hammer