Tips to Practice Mindfulness at Work
Mindfulness is the process of being open, attentive, and focused on the present moment. When you practice mindfulness, you are carefully observing thoughts and feelings without any judgments. Part of mindfulness is living in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or focusing on the future. Mindfulness should be practiced on a daily basis in order to fully help you gain control of your thoughts. Practicing mindfulness can be done just about anywhere, including at work.
You don’t need to block out 30 minutes to practice meditation in order to experience the benefits of mindfulness at work. Here are a few ways you can stay in the present moment and benefit from mindfulness.
Practice giving your full attention to otherwise mundane tasks. Tasks such as washing one’s hands, opening doors, dialing a phone number, or even being focused on your breath while seated at your computer can easily be completed in a more mindful way.
Take time out of your busy day to practice being grateful. Research shows that actively practicing gratitude can aid you in feeling better. Mindfulness can have a positive impact on creativity, health, working relationships, and it can even increase your quality of work.
Schedule time in your busy day to focus on breathing. Focusing and practicing on your breath can aid with putting you in a calm emotional state. Mindful breathing can be done from just about anywhere. A very simple mindfulness exercise relies on you breathing in deeply through your nose. Hold your breath to the count of three, holding for three, and releasing through your mouth to the count of three.
Ensuring that you actually take a relaxing lunch break is all part of practicing mindfulness. Forgetting to take a lunch break is easy. In the end, it’s more beneficial to step away from your desk and relax a bit, than it is to forego your break. Going outside for a simple walk, or finding a quiet place to with judgment-free thoughts are all ways to incorporate mindfulness even while at work. You may find that mindfulness has even increased your productivity.
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