The mind-body context refers to the interconnectedness of both mind and body and how they play an immense role in productivity. Neglecting one of the two can lead to a sluggish feeling and becomes an essential aspect in the workplace as it can have considerable effects on job performance. Managing these correctly through simple tasks can better increase one’s quality of life.
The mind affects concentration, the process of accomplishing tasks, and the capability of completing goals. Additionally, the mentality of the job is essential. Having negative thoughts about the role and coworkers can create mental tension. This may also include doubting one’s ability, settling for less, and general self-doubt leading to losses of concentration or deep depression. A recent study shows that 20% of Millennials sought advice in the workplace for depression. Psychologists have found that contrary thoughts on work can cause the brain to focus on general life negativity including fears, anger, and stress.
The body plays another significant role in productivity. Muscles can become tense from sitting for long periods of time creating cramps and possible fidgeting. Beyond this, little sleep can create general exhaustion leading to loss of focus during the workday. This is one of the largest problems employees face today. Gallup shows that 40% of US workers get less than the recommended amount of sleep which creates a loss of productivity. Beyond sleep and muscle fatigue, the body needs nutrition. It is recommended to eat smaller, more frequent meals to have a consistent glucose level throughout the workday.
Fitness plays another significant role as it affects both the mind and the body. Exercising has many benefits including improving sleep, reducing stress, and making people feel energized. This directly affects the other two connections. Additionally, exercise slows neural degeneration. The Journal of Applied Physiology found that mandatory treadmill running stimulates precursor cells to increase production of critical brain cells. This overall can helps one to feel more astute in the workplace.
With all this in mind, there are easy ways to manage the mind-body connection and fitness.
Here are just a couple ways:
Meditation can create a short mental break to refresh the mind before continuing with challenging tasks. In some cases, clearing the mind before significant events can help cope with anxiety and stress.
Accomplish mentally challenging tasks before easy ones. Because easier tasks take less mental process, they can be accomplished towards the end of the day. This creates better, more efficient outcomes for complex assignments.
Stretching the body can help with feeling jittery or general muscle cramps. Doing so every couple of hours can better increase productivity.
Have small, healthy snacks in the work area. Like previously mentioned, this can help stabilize glucose levels which, in turn, helps with mental focus.
Create a workout routine. Slowly integrating exercise can help lead to a healthier lifestyle. Scheduling times in the morning or after work can better create the feeling of consistency.
Of course, these are not the only tasks to help find balance. Setting personal goals is the best way to be more successful. Accomplishing balance can better increase workplace productivity and lead to a healthier lifestyle.