Our nervous system gets smashed with stress. Throw in what is happening at the moment and a lot of us are feeling very overwhelmed and experiencing heightened stress, worry, panic and anxiety, which is totally natural.
The bodies response to those experiences triggers the fight or flight (stress response). This state is good for when we need to fight or flight, but when this happens we get flooded with stress hormones, cortisol and Adrenalin. And the real issue with this is it down-regulates our immune system (and a host of other potential issues). This is why stress is the leading cause of disease on the planet.
This is also why meditation is super important. Meditation has been shown to reduce the stress response, so we remain calm, composed with increased adaptability. Meditation has also been shown to increase access to creativity and resourcefulness, which are pretty important to help us navigate these times.
But perhaps the most important thing meditation gives us right now is a stronger immune system. Why? Meditators are less likely to trigger the stress response, so we stay healthier, grounded, positive, present and compassionate.
Will it make a difference to my business?
A study by KPMG and Mental Health Australia found that investing in mental health initiatives, such as resilience training and stress management, can deliver returns ranging from A$1.30 to A$4.70 for every A$1 invested.
Worldwide, the cost of unwell workers represents 10 per cent to 15 per cent of global economic output, according to the Global Wellness Institute.
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