Workplace Health: The Benefits Of Meditation For Reducing Stress And Improving Productivity

With the increasing competition in the business world, it is essential for workers to remain productive to hold their jobs and ensure that the organisation that employs them remains successful.

If hardworking employees devote additional time to increase their productivity, they may end up getting stressed. Thankfully, productivity can improve when workers have peace of mind, which is possible to through meditation.

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Meditation has been used as an inner practice for thousands of years. Originally, people practiced it to deepen their comprehension of the mystical and sacred forces of life. Nowadays, meditation classes are more widely available and it is taught as a means of stress reduction and relaxation. It produces a tranquil mind and a deep state of relaxation. To meditate effectively, some of the things involved include focused attention, a quiet setting, relaxed breathing and a comfortable position.

Meditating involves focusing attention and getting rid of the jumbled thoughts that may crowd your mind. This practice can result in enhanced emotional and physical well-being. Meditation can also give you a sense of peace, calm and balance. It can also help you minimise the symptoms of certain medical conditions.

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Is Obesity A Risk Factor For Pain Conditions?

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Healthy Diet Guide says that being obese is not a cosmetic problem. In a world where the media and society hold beauty and fitness to very high standards, an overweight or obese person can easily feel left out, depressed, suffer low esteem.

Televisions and fashion magazines are full of pictures of thin models, actresses and athletes with lean abs, glorifying some almost impossible ideals to a point that makes a normal person feel inadequate. You can imagine how an obese person must feel to be exposed to this kind of environment.

Apart from the emotional factors, obesity comes with a lot of health factors. Obese people are usually in pain more often when compared to normal people, even if they are healthy. Obesity and pain go hand in hand. The heaviest people report the highest rates of pain.

Obesity leads to pain because of the excess mechanical stresses and its pro-inflammatory condition. Pain results in obesity because of low physical activity and eating for analgesic effects.

Researchers have discovered an indirect relationship between individuals who are obese and pain. A lot of chronic conditions that are known to cause pain are commonly diagnosed in people who are overweight and obese.

These conditions are:

  • Depression
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia

The assumption is that obesity increases one’s risk for these conditions and these conditions are marked by pain.

A recent research study that was done in the United States showed that obesity and pain were persistent even after the researchers tried to explain the influence of other health problems that could cause pain.

In a research carried out by the Gallup organization (2008-2010) through information collected by telephone surveys, many of the participants were white and had a minimum of a high school diploma.

Each individual who participated in the survey was requested to give their accurate weight and height. In relation to that information, 36.8% of the individuals in the study had a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) while 38.3% were overweight at 24.9%, which, is obese.

The participants were asked if they had felt any pain the day before the survey was conducted. They were also asked if they had back, knee, neck or leg conditions that had caused them any pain in the last 12 months or if they had any other condition that caused them continuous pain.

They were also asked about the existence of other types of medical conditions including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.


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The Results

The researchers realized that the more a person weighed, the higher the chances of experiencing pain.

  • When compared to normal people in the survey, individuals who had a BMI of 25 and 29 had 20% more pain.
  • Individuals with BMIs of 30-34 had 68% more pain.
  • Those who had BMIs of 35-39 had 136% more pain
  • Those with BMIs over 40 had 254% more pain.

The Reasoning

The researchers surmise that a person who is obese has excess fat that prompts physiological processes that lead to inflammation, which is closely associated with pain.

It is also a fact that those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from arthritis because of long time excess strain on the joints from the extra weight.

A different idea could be due to depression, which has been proven to be associated with pain. Depression, obesity and chronic conditions also have some genetic effects, indicating genetics could be partly to blame.

Researchers agree that the relationship between chronic health problems, pain and obesity are complicated.

In some instances, it could be that a person who has arthritis is not able to move around often which makes them gain weight much faster. In other individuals, it could be that being overweight may strain the joints which may cause joint problems that result to pain.

This article was written after a conversation with Jane Baggot Co-Fonder of Healthy-diet-guide.