Introduction to Stress Relief Exercise
As documented in Harvard Business Review in “Are You Too Stressed to Be Productive? Or Not Stressed Enough?” by Francesca Gino on April 14, 2016:
According to what is known as “The Yerkes-Dodson law,” performance increases with physiological or mental arousal (stress) but only up to a point. When the level of stress becomes too high, performance decreases.
And as documented by the Mayo Clinic in “Meditation: A simple fast way to reduce stress” on April 20, 2020:
Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.
Meditation and emotional well-being
When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
Meditation and illness
Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation. With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches
Wellness Resolutions, LLC provides a stress relief exercise to help employees whenever it would be beneficial.
- Consider providing the video to all employees, encouraging them to take 8 to 10 minutes of work time and as much time as they need at home to renew energy and re-claim more positive focus.
- Consider offering it as a valued incentive for participating in your Wellness Program.