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Integrating Meditation for Work Stress

Integrating Vedic Meditation into Your Workday

One of the most common questions I’m asked is how meditation works for workday integration.

During a high-stress and high-demand day, how can one integrate more mindfulness at work?

If you’re here  in search of an answer to this question, you’ve come to the right place.

For about a decade of my life, I was asking the same questions. I felt pressured at my job, under-rested, and about to blow my lid – at the exact times when I needed to keep it all together and excel at my job.

I was working on a trading desk, which by its nature is always changing, fast-moving, and filled with stressed-out people either currently losing money or worried they are about to lose money. With new information coming in every minute of the workday, my role as a research analyst and risk manager was to always have my eye on the ball – and never miss a beat.

Workday integration of all these demands was challenging at times, especially when days were long and the markets were unrelenting in terms of new news and company changes. I looked far and wide for a technique of meditation for stress at work or even ways to help me embrace more mindful work.

After researching many techniques and various styles of meditation for stress and sleep, I finally stumbled upon Vedic Meditation and found it to be the very best technique to help with workday integration of calm and peace.

In short, incorporating Vedic Meditation into my daily routine made me more balanced throughout my workday and helped me truly feel more mindful at work. Not only was I more even-keeled and steady throughout the day, but I began to live the trifecta of high performance. I could make accurate, high-speed decisions all while remaining calm under pressure.

I wasn’t only feeling more mindful at work – I was succeeding and also having a lot of fun.

Vedic Meditation is practiced twenty minutes, twice a day. And to really gain the maximum benefits of the practice, finding ways to weave meditation into workday integration is key.

Here are my top three tips:

1. Make your Morning Meditation Non-Negotiable

One of the best ways to make sure meditation is helping with work stress is to get ahead of the demands altogether by building in a buffer of extra rest in the morning before you head off to work.

When we go to work already feeling under-rested, anxious, or with low energy, we don’t set ourselves up for workflow optimization . We feel less productive and efficient, and we may find ourselves to be more irritable.

The great thing about meditating in the mornings is that we can manage that time much more easily. We simply wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual and get in our first 20-minute Vedic Meditation session.

This builds a huge buffer or adaptability for us to take on the workday with more vitality, creativity, and energy.

2. Block 30 Minutes in Your Calendar for Your Workday Meditation

My busy executive clients make their second meditations a priority by creating a standing appointment in their calendar. I suggest blocking out 30 minutes in the calendar and making that time a non-negotiable time.

You’ll find that practicing mindfulness and meditation for work stress, during the work day, actually saves you hours in gaining productivity and increased efficiency.

For every minute that one practices Vedic Meditation, they are gaining 5 minutes of sleep equivalent to rest. That means that a 20-minute investment equals 100 minutes of rest! That’s a net gain of 80 minutes, which translates into great mental and physical benefits.

My clients who fit in both morning and afternoon meditations share that they can cut their work hours by two to four hours. Their increased mental clarity, greater focus, and restfulness allow them to have streamlined workflows. They can solve problems creatively and burn less “brain energy” in finishing their daily tasks. Just a few of the countless benefits of meditation.

3. See Meditation as an Investment, Not a Cost or Luxury

So many times people see taking the time for meditation as a luxury. Like getting a massage, watching TV, or taking an aimless stroll, meditation often gets bucketed into the “when I’ve finished all my work, then I can take a break and meditate.”

Once I built  in Vedic Meditation as a part of my daily routine, I found that my existing workflows got better. I was faster and more creative. I worked better in teams, and I became a better leader due to this mindfulness practice.

By building in 200 minutes more rest in my day, I became hours faster and 10x’ed my potential.

Spending the time to meditate is an investment in creating a meaningful life of  reduced stress, more joy, and greater success in your business.

To learn more about how Vedic Meditation can easily be incorporated into your workday for greater productivity and joy, click here to attend one of my free Introductory Talks.

About Susan


I learned Vedic Meditation to feel more like myself again.

Before long, I began to feel present and relaxed, and all the years of pushing and stressing lifted.


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