MAY 21st is World Meditation Day, when people all over the globe will promote the benefits of mindfulness.
Meditation is the habit of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.
It can increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings and is seen as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. So how do you go about fitting in meditation in the workplace?
All of this might be a bit alien to many of us so here is a brief guide to meditation to get you started.
Pick your time: First thing in the morning or last thing at night is the best time. Later on could have the added benefit of helping you sleep, while early in the day is also ideal as it can prepare you for the rigours to come. Or take a quiet moment in your lunch break to reset before returning to work.
Begin slowly: Dedicate just a few minutes to begin with to prevent boredom and get used to focusing your mind.
Be comfortable: There’s no need to sit cross-legged or adopt the lotus position, you can be anywhere that feels relaxed.
Focus: Close your eyes and breath in through your nose and out of your mouth. Connect with every part of your being and identify the most dominant sensation you feel, then let your attention gently rest there for two minutes to help your body settle.
End gently: Once you have had enough, disengage slowly and open your eyes gradually.
There are lots of apps that can help with meditation, try Headspace, Insight Timer, Stop, Breathe, Think or the Mindfulness App.
We hope this can help you get started in reducing your stress and create a feeling of calm in tricky times.
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