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De-stressing employee burnout through yoga and meditation

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Work is an integral part of our lives, and living in today’s age, where the workplace is becoming more dynamic with each passing day, keeping up with the trends, has been the biggest responsibility of any employee.

However, along with many perks of work, one thing that employees have experienced is employee burnout. Employee burnout suggests a feeling of exhaustion and dissatisfaction by the employee. When an employee goes through mental, physical, and emotional fatigue, it impacts the overall well-being and productivity severely.  

Eventually, they become addicted to things like caffeine, alcohol, and spend a lot of time on screen unable to control their thoughts and behaviour which has an adverse impact on individuals.

Yash Mukand, a holistic and wellness expert said, “Yoga and meditation are two important and powerful tools that have been fruitful in helping and de-stressing employee burnout. Yoga has always been an indispensable part of our being since ancient Vedic times. While people have shifted to gyms, heavy lifting, and other forms of exercise, earlier, yoga was the sole way of keeping oneself fit and healthy. Yoga is a form of exercise that aids in the holistic development of one’s self. The practice of yoga is easily adapted to be done by anyone between the ages of 6 to 80.”

Yoga asanas go beyond physical exercise, which not just improves the physical health of a person.  Asana is a state of the body and mind, which is called “Sthira Sukham Asanam,” which means Steady, Comfort, and Posture denoting that your body and mind are steady and comfortable in the asana. The movement of the asana penetrates and massages the internal organs of the body and supports increased blood flow throughout the body. Moreover, it aids in the clearing of the lymphatic system and flushes out the toxins from inside to ensure a healthy function of the body.

Yoga asanas and pranayama are the driving forces behind balancing the “Prana,” the vital life force in the body. It aids in conserving energy and keeps one feeling enthusiastic most of the time.

Working professionals who are constantly worried about their work and never letting their minds breathe free can engage themselves in short yoga sessions to realize the immense potential it has and the positive influence it can bring into one’s life. Yoga will ensure that employees feel motivated and have a positive outlook toward work and life.

Employee burnout is characterised by a lack of concentration and constant distractions at work.  Meditation is a way to help employees de-stress themselves, bring back that focus in life, and connect to the true self. The purpose of meditation is to engage at one point for a period without any distractions. When the mind is completely immersed in self during meditation, it automatically withdraws itself from any other interruption.

When practiced regularly, yoga and meditation can transform our thinking, feelings, behaviour, and eating habits and reduce employee burnout. Individuals can feel refreshed, re-energized, and rejuvenated, and handle stressful situations with ease and calm.

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