What are the benefits of meditation for busy, career-driven people? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Yuhna Kim, Founder & CEO of Simple Habit, on Quora:

A common issue for busy, career-driven people (myself included) is stress, because we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. A moderate amount of stress is good, but too much can cloud our focus, judgment, and interactions with others. Here are the key benefits I've noticed from meditation:

  1. Reducing stress. Meditation helps clears the mind and slow down the nervous system so that you can think better on your feet, problem-solve more creatively, and focus better.
  2. Improving relationships. Meditation teaches you to respond, not react. As a leader or team member, emotional intelligence is key to approaching each situation with even-headedness and compassion, rather than an emotional reaction that you might regret afterwards.
  3. Sleeping better. Sleep is crucial for career-driven people, but they often don't get enough of it. Meditating even briefly before bed can help calm the mind so you can fall asleep quicker and feel more well-rested.

The list can go on and on, but these are some of the most common benefits that career-driven professionals will experience from meditation.

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Published on: Jun 12, 2017