There’s no denying that a career in public relations — or any career for that matter (unless you’re a professional napper or paid cupcake eater, in which case sign us up) — means early mornings, late nights and a very long list of to-do’s. We at Team NRPR don’t mind, because we love the energy that comes with this industry. However, it can definitely be stressful at times, and the last thing any professional needs is a stress cherry on top of a mega to-do list sundae. For that reason, we’re big fans of meditation. This doesn’t always have to mean eyes closed, sitting cross-legged singing “hummmmm” — it can simply be a small amount of time you set aside for yourself in the morning, at lunch, or at night (or all three if you can!) to re-focus, center yourself and envision how you’re going to rock your day.
Here are a few reasons we love meditation, and tips on how you can incorporate it into your daily routine:
1. It helps reduce stress: While it may seem counter-productive to take 10 minutes out of your busy day to sit and breathe, we promise meditation truly helps to get you focused, prioritize, and map out a plan to conquer your tasks. More often than not, busy professionals will spend countless chunks of time worrying or stressing about what they need to do, which is even more of a time suck! Instead of going into panic mode, find a quiet place, take a seat, and just breathe. Or, if you have more time in the morning or at night, find a quiet place in your home or outside (if you have a yard or courtyard, or even a balcony), play some soothing music, and spend some time zoning in on YOU.
2. It makes you more productive: In step with reducing stress, meditation helps you become more productive with your day. When you’re worrying about what needs to be done, you lose not only focus but the confidence in yourself that you can do it. We recommend taking five minutes to meditate on what you need to accomplish, then take action. Grab a pen and paper, write out what you need to do, and prioritize. You’ll feel more organized, relaxed, and prepared to tackle that list, and you’ll have the confidence, too!
3. It’s not as time consuming as you think: One of the top reasons people don’t practice meditation is because they think they don’t have time. However, that is SO not true! Whether it’s setting your alarm five minutes earlier or skipping out on a Netflix binge at night, if it’s important to you, it’s possible to find even a few minutes a day to meditate. And the long-term benefits are worth it!
So there you have it! Just a few of the many reasons Team NRPR loves to practice meditation (we even did it as an office activity on NRPR TV a few weeks ago). But enough from us… we want to hear from you! Do you meditate? Why or why not? Do you have any tips for a meditation newcomer that you’d like to pass along? Let us know in the comments below and stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest news from NRPR Group by signing up for our bi-monthly newsletter, HUSTLE WITH A CONSCIENCE!