Business owners, like anyone else, have a lot to worry about. In fact, a 2015 survey found that 25% of small-business owners became ill because of stress and overwork. And while you may already have ways to manage anxiety, you might consider mindful meditation, as well. A survey of studies done by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that mindfulness meditation programs showed moderate evidence of improving anxiety and depression and reducing pain.
Mindful meditation is the practice of setting aside time to be aware and to notice feelings and thoughts without judgment. Here’s how to do it, according to Mindful, a nonprofit organization devoted to mindful practice.
Mindful meditation is more likely to be helpful when you practice it regularly. Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you will get at doing it effectively. You might also try increasing the time you spend practicing. While there is evidence that meditation lessens anxiety and depression, there are also signs that it may help with cognitive skills and have other positive effects. As a small-business owner, you might not be able to avoid anxiety, but you can take care of yourself so it does not overwhelm you.
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