Practicing mindfulness meditation before or after work is hugely beneficial, but what about bringing that mindfulness into the office? Mindfulness greatly reduces work-related stress and helps us to be more effective in our work. Here are a couple of mindfulness tips that you can incorporate into even the busiest of days at the office.
Walk mindfully. We’re often coming and going to and from our desk, meetings, our car, and lunch break, so this is an opportunity to practice being present. Rather than speaking on our cell phones, emailing while walking, or even daydreaming about our next getaway, we can focus on the simple act of walking. Place one foot in front of the other deliberately and feel the ground beneath your feet. Make eye contact and greet any colleagues you pass by on your way. You’ll arrive at your destination more clear-minded and ready to tackle the task at hand.
Bring awareness to your body. Take a few mindful pauses throughout your day at the office to bring awareness to your physical body. If you’re sitting at your desk, close your eyes for a moment and notice how you are feeling. Notice any tension or discomfort in the body. Inhale deeply and as you exhale release and soften the tension or discomfort, if you can. Notice where your feet touch the floor and let this ground you in the present moment. Notice if you are tensing up your facial muscles and gently relax your face and jaw. Doing this 2-3 times a day will help you to relax your body and mind for a more productive day at the office.
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