Whether we’re rushing in the morning to catch the first train or desperately trying to respond to emails, work stress is something we all feel. In order for us to get through the work day and be as productive as we can, we need strategies that help us deal with the pressure.
There’s a lot of truth to the World War II slogan, “Keep Calm And Carry On.” It serves as a reminder for us to overcome adversities and stresses so they do not manifest themselves into demons in the mind.
How can one achieve a state of calm particularly at work? Meditation is one very effective solution.
Be Mindful to Stay Calm
Scientific research has linked the age-old practice of mindfulness to physiological change, stimulating parts of the brain that help us manage stress and fend off depression. Yet, it can be easy to rush through the work day without stopping to notice a single thing.
Paying attention to the present moment and to one’s own thoughts and feelings can help reduce stress and promote well-being. If you need guidance, there is a wide range of books and apps that can provide you with all the techniques needed to practice mindfulness and other types of meditation effectively.
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Of course, meditating requires time, of which we often feel we do not have enough. If you have no time to spare, there are various ways you can practice mindfulness during work hours. Not only will this practice help you stay calm, it may also make you more productive. Here are some ideas:
- Put up mindful reminders to stop you getting lost in thoughts.
- Keep to one task at a time and be mindful of your thoughts on that task.
- Remove as many distractions as possible.
- Take time to pay attention to any feelings of stress.
Practice Makes Perfect
There’s a good chance that some of the ideas above may feel a bit demanding at first, so work your way into these practices at your own pace. When we are mindful and think positively, it becomes easier over time. This, in turn, helps us manage the demands of our career and stay calm in stressful situations.
Stress can control numerous aspects of our work experience. It can make it challenging to be productive and successful in the workplace. Therefore, it’s worth taking the time to meditate and increase your emotional well-being.
P.M.A: Positive Mental Attitude
Humans have a compulsion to dwell on the negativity of stressful situations when at work, but for what reason? These methods of the mind serve as a strategy to prepare one for dangerous situations, even though often there is no actual danger.
When presented with choices in each moment, you can either think negatively or adopt a more positive approach. The glass is either half full or half empty.
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Thinking positive thoughts allows the brain to shift attention to a “stress-free” zone. This doesn’t mean you won’t be focusing on work tasks, but rather you’ll be changing your attitude regarding them. In the end, you’re likely to find your work more rewarding. A positive mental attitude is better for both your mind and your working output.
You Are What You Eat
Meditation is always easier if you follow a healthy diet. Food lays the foundation for a healthy body and mind. Without eating healthily, you may feel fatigue and lack the energy to do tasks. Hence, this may further contribute to your stress levels.
We may not be able to control all the aspects of our work environment that cause stress. However, we can all take steps to control the way our bodies adapt to situations. One way of doing this is by controlling what we eat. Another way is to practice mindfulness meditation throughout the day.
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