Stressed at work? Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
When you’re living on an island of saturated inboxes and endless to-do lists, slipping into the chronic madness of office life can happen all too quickly. However, let us remind you that rest is important. And we’re not talking about a cozy hammock and your fluffiest pillow — we’re talking about the spiritual and emotional rest one achieves through mindfulness. All the sleep-in Saturdays between now and the end of time could never fully rejuvenate you from the long weeknights and constant decision-making required by a demanding job. According to the National Institute of Health at the University of Massachusetts, exercising mindfulness in the workplace helps improve brain activity and concentration amongst employees. It enhances our ability to envision options and open ourselves to new perspectives, which makes us better collaborators. Meditate and Mediate An occasional five-minute walk can be a great opportunity to move your body and ease your mind for a restful moment of clarity. During your leisurely troll, you can reimagine a joyful moment in your life or focus on sounds in nature. Be sure to choose a path with minimal traffic or barriers, if possible. Unloading emotional or mental baggage makes it easier for us to have a more targeted focus, which improves your patience and ability to sympathize with others. If you’re not comfortable with leaving the desk, traditional sitting mediation is always a good option. Pandora has great stations for mediation and nature soundtracks. Plug in your headphones, take a cleansing exhale and drift away into serenity. You Already Have the Tools You Need Developing discipline and patience can feel like an extra stretch, especially on days when we’re just trying to keep our heads above water. Luckily, the office provides ample tools to aid you in your journey. Manage your time, and don’t allow time to manage you. Pencil in 5- or 10- minute sessions of mediations within your work hours. If you rely on an online calendar, use email reminders to your advantage. A simple sticky note with an inspiring quote or your personal mantra can keep you on path for thinking positively. Keep a Positive Attitude Remember: Peace of mind doesn’t have to be a thousand conference calls away. It can happen right in the office.