Here at DeskLodge we are all about keeping you productive and inspired but there needs to be a balance.
High performers and generally productive people are often burning the candle at both ends, which can lead to problems physically, mentally and emotionally.
Did you know you can distract yourself and help your body relax by using simple mindfulness techniques?
Not sure how to start being more mindful and relaxed? Not got the time?
It may surprise you that there is always an opportunity to take time. From waiting at traffic lights to standing in a long queue, you can avoid these daily stresses of life. Instead of becoming impatient, take a moment, clear your mind, breathe and relax…..
You will feel those tensions leave your body, almost like letting your body and mind shut down for a second until it is your time to move on. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be patient.
Practising these simple techniques below, for a few moments, can stop tension for the rest of the day, making you feel more relaxed and giving you a positive outlook on life.
Take deep and controlled breaths, be aware of your body as you breathe, take a moment.
Like yoga practices, bring your attention to your body by noticing areas of tension and sending your breathe to these areas.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Water is natures medicine, we need it to survive, if you are consuming more coffee than water this isn’t going to be good for your body or your mental health. Water can relieve headaches and pains that are often linked to dehydration. So, drink up!
TAKE TIME TO EAT
We are all guilty of eating fast food and guzzling down snacks and lunch whilst working at our laptops. STOP! Close the laptop move away from your working space, better still, if you have a packed lunch, go outside.
Choose a quiet space and eat your food. Look at it, smell it, taste it and enjoy it. Notice the textures, flavours and temperatures of your food.
You are less likely to snack if you have taken time to notice and enjoy your meals, your brain remembers eating it and it will thank you for it.
Don’t forget to be thankful for your meal.
Take time to notice the world around you, listen to the sounds from the tapping of fingers on laptops to the birds singing. Really listen, it makes you feel present and will help you relax.
Be mindful to others and really listen to what they are saying and take in what they are saying to you.
DO ONE THING AT A TIME
Work on one task at a time.
When you eat just eat. When checking emails just check emails. When listening just listen.
TAKE A WALK
Get out of the office or remove yourself from a stressful situation.
Take in the sights and sounds and feel your feet connecting with the ground.
NOTICE ALL YOUR SENSES
Be aware of smells, tastes, what you touch, hear and see.
Be present and notice the world around you.
CLEAR YOUR MIND
Meditation is a perfect way to practice clearing your mind of all thought and stimulation for a moment, close your eyes, breath and relax.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Think of at least one positive thought each day, from a happy memory, a success from the day or even being thankful for that deliciously tasty cake you ate at lunch.