Have you ever stared at a street performer in awe, as they juggled 8 balls with ease?
“How do they do it?” you think. “How do they handle so many things at once, and make it look so easy?”
Of course, it takes an immense amount of practice, a sprinkle of inherent talent, and an insane level of focus. If they freaked out at any point or started feeling anxious, they’d drop all the balls and have to start over again (and probably lose out on A LOT of tips in the process).
As an entrepreneur, you also must juggle many things at once…
Managing your employees, talking to clients, handling problems – all while driving your business forward. And if at any point you “drop the ball”, your business can suffer.
Focus, persistence, and a clear head are all key to this process. But you can only do it on your own for so long. At some point, you’ll need a little extra to help you juggle your tasks and keep your business functioning at a high level.
That’s where yoga comes into play. Yes, yoga.
This simple exercise, practiced just a couple of times a week, can make a huge difference.
Here’s how yoga can make you a better entrepreneur…
It Improves Your Productivity
Ever have problems with focus? We all do from time to time. It’s difficult to get stuff done when you’re feeling a wave of brain fog!
But yoga can help. How? It actually makes your brain sharper, so you can get more done.
A study from the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing found that those who practiced yoga twice a week for more than a month saw an improvement in their cognitive function. Their memory improved, and they had fewer depressive symptoms as well.
Imagine what you could accomplish in your business with your brain functioning at a more focused level, more of the time!
It Improves Your Sleep
As an entrepreneur, you have a lot of things running through your mind. This can make it difficult to relax.
What’s more, when you actually try to go to sleep, you can spend hours lying in bed while your mind gets caught up in your business tasks.
The result? A serious lack of sleep. This drains you throughout the day and leads to eventual burnout, as well as lower quality of work.
But again, yoga can come to the rescue.
A recent study by Harvard Medical School found that yoga can help improve several aspects of sleep, including:
· Sleep efficiency
· Total sleep time
· Total wake time
· The amount of time it takes to fall asleep
Cultivates the Habit of Constant Improvement
As an entrepreneur, you should always be learning and experimenting. This habit of constant improvement is key. It helps you avoid ruts, learn valuable lessons, and improve your discipline and focus.
Yoga is a great way to cultivate that habit. No matter what level you’re at, you’re bound to learn something through the practice. At times, you’ll be a bit out of your comfort zone with certain poses, and you may even fall down from time to time.
But through the process, you’ll grow. You’ll get better, and it will help you build positive momentum both in your life and in your business. Plus, it’s a reminder that you’re not perfect and that you still have much to learn in many areas.
It Helps You Manage Stress
A 2015 report presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America linked yoga to lowering levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
It’s no surprise that yoga helps you manage stress. After all, it helps you focus on your breathing. When you’re stressed at work, you tend to take shorter, shallower breaths. This leads to a feeling of more stress and eventual overwhelm.
But through yoga, you learn to manage your breathing. This will help you decrease stress and handle situations with a clear head. This is key for making important decisions.
It Makes You a Better Leader
Relaxed, focused, productive, and constantly trying to learn and improve: these are all elements of great leadership.
As you realize the benefits of yoga in your life, you’ll also improve your ability to lead – which is a crucial skill for any entrepreneur.
Yoga can deliver some great benefits, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. We all know it’s a stressful endeavor and there are many tasks to juggle – but yoga can help you manage everything, stay healthy, and stay focused in the midst of all the chaos.
Have you practiced yoga in the past? What were your results, and did you see a noticeable effect in other areas of your life?