Mindful practices to keep you calm and grounded at work
Heading back to work after lockdown can be a stressful transition. Being around people again, in an unfamiliar place, is likely to create some uneasy feelings. And that’s okay, we’re all in the same boat!
Mindful practices are a great way to help manage that stress and ensure you’re as relaxed as can be at work while creating a comfortable routine. If you’re struggling to keep calm and grounded at work, we’re positive these four tips will help.
Breathing exercises are a great way to relax both the mind and body. You’ll probably experience some stressful moments getting back into the groove of things, so utilising box breathing is one way to manage that stress.
Box breathing involves creating a sort of square with your breathing. You breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, release for four seconds and let that sit for another four seconds, before beginning again. In essence, you’ve created an imaginary box, each side four seconds long!
This exercise, and other similar techniques, help increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, slow your heart rate and help steady your focus.
Small Goals Equal Big Achievements
Whether it’s cleaning your desk, bringing lunch to work instead of buying, or replying to an email you’ve been putting off, ticking off little tasks is real progress. You deserve to give yourself a pat on the back!
To make the process more impactful, you can make a to-do list. This can help declutter the mind, promote calm at work and add further satisfaction as you tick your tasks off.