|Posted on 15 February, 2018 at 2:25||comments (0)|
You get up in the morning and set the intention to have the best day, thinking you are on a high wavelength as you start your day.
Then for some unknown reason, something will happen to throw you off balance.
Perhaps you become angry as you can't find your car keys, you leave the house five minutes later than you should have done, the traffic is heavier than usual on the way to work, and you get there late and get told off by your boss?
Then you open your emails and a find whole ream of problems which needed rectifying like yesterday?!
You are getting more and more stressed and knock your coffee over in a rush to finish a report while answering a colleague's questions.
It's now 9.35am, your head is banging and you are frazzled amd overwhelmed. What can you do?
You have to control or the day will run you.
It's time to take a deep breath. If you can, go outside for five minutes and get some fresh air.
Take control of your breathing and begin to slow it down. Consciously breathe in through your nose for four counts and out through your mouth for four counts.
Do this until you start to feel yourself relax.
The conscious slowing down of the breathing activates a relaxation response and fools your brain into thinking it is ok and no longer in a stressful situation.
Before you go back to work, ask yourself who needs me most in my A-game? Then focus on working on that one task until it has been completed.
Aim to be mindful in each task you begin.
Another trick you can try is to go into the bathroom and meditate for 5 minutes. I am a big fan of meditation.
Not the nicest of places to go I know, but you are in a private space, where you can't be seen or interrupted and who is going to question you or stop you from going to the bathroom?
Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly.
As you breathe in and out, repeat the word "release" in your mind. Do this for five minutes before returning to your workstation.
I also recommend working for no longer than 45 minutes at a time; you are probably laughing at me now.
I'm not going to lie I have been a victim of working non stop to get my workload done.
However, you will produce better work and be more on top of your game if you take regular meditation breaks, even if just for five minutes.
Why not try these techniques for one week and comment on your results below? I would love to know how you get on.
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