Like most things, we need to be more proactive than reactive and mindfulness is one of those things. It is also important to understand what mindfulness is - Cambridge online defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm”. To be mindful requires a consistent effort and like most things, the more you practice the better you will become. So don’t worry, this is something that even the professionals had to practise and master - you need to train minds and muscles here!
Social media breaks
Most people spend excessive amounts of time on social media, for socialising, business, and finding inspiration. Even though it is one of our main ways of connecting to the world around us it’s important you allow time away from your devices because it can take your focus away from reality. You can uninstall apps and use tracking devices on your phones to track your social media usage, it goes a long way in helping you unwind, become present and connected to the people around you.
We are lucky to have so many platforms available to us on Youtube or free mobile apps. Even a simple task such as laying or sitting and closing your eyes whilst focusing on breathing is an effective way of meditating. Each person is different and some find it easier to relax and others to switch their mind off. Tai chi or more challenging forms of Yoga might be a better solution for those that may feel agitated sitting down for long periods of time or struggle to relax.
Music can also aid our relaxation and help us to switch off from our day, listen to a calm music playlist on Spotify.
Limit your screen time with devices such as phones and television. Use a calming lavender oil or spray before bed to relax you with a cup of camomile. Put your phone far away from your bed, you need some well deserved sleep, at least 8 hours.
It’s all about you
Do what works for you, find that hobby away from any screens (this is important) and master it, use this as your release. You can dance, read or cook, just be happy with these moments.
We are all busy individuals with a to-do list that never ends and time is something that just passes us by. Let’s work together on how we can improve our clarity and focus to make the most of what we do.
It is important to have balance and look at the things that are most important and what you value most. Think about your personality, motivators, what makes you grow, what makes you fulfilled, what makes you feel recharged.
We spend more time working these days than actually spending time with our loved ones, so it’s vital we create a happy and healthy work environment. Humans need to feel a sense of fulfilment so that we can complete our jobs and feel satisfied, rinse and repeat.
Here are ways to help with general well being for your time spent at work. They can be done just about anywhere so whether you're working in an office or at home make sure to give them a try!