Have you ever had a problem?
We’re talking a problem so difficult that no matter how hard you worked on it, no matter how late you stayed up, the answer just wouldn’t arrive.
And then after a good night’s sleep, you solved it in five minutes.
Yeah, we’ve been there, too.
The human brain is an amazing organ and system, but by the end of the day it’s used up a lot of its energy just by supporting the body. That’s why it’s harder to think and process information late at night or in the afternoon, especially if the brain is not given a chance to rest.
Meditation is a tool every writer or busy professional can use to recharge his or her mental batteries, and it’s even more effective if practiced on a regular basis.
Let’s go back to the sleep metaphor. Adequate sleep allows the brain to transition from “slug-mode” to hypersteller drive when you wake up in the morning. Of course, this is partially due to rest, but sleep also gives your brain a chance to repair itself.
Doing something as simple as focusing on your breathing gives the brain a chance to reduce its activity the same way that sleep does. Meditation also gives the rest of your body a break as well, especially from stress and the damaging hormone it releases: Cortisol.
Stress is one of the biggest causes of sickness in the modern office. If your workday is filled with constant pressure, high anxiety levels, and infrequent breaks, you may be at risk for longterm health problems, including migraines and ulcers.
Give your brain a break and try meditation. You just might find the answers to your problems, and you will feel a bit more rejuvenated for the second half of the day.
About the author
Tom L brings to customers and clients almost 20 years of extensive writing and editing experience working in government and producing documentation for public consumption. Additionally, he has spent the last 11 years privately producing written content and analytical products for clients and freelance agencies.