Workplaces are now encouraging relaxing techniques and mindfulness more than ever. With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, imposed lockdown and work at home, self-isolation at home can lead to stress, anger, panic and anxiety. It’s vital to keep the peace of the mind during the situation. Mindfulness, a practice of living in the moment and exploring our thoughts and feelings without any judgment, is the best way to find inner peace and relaxation. Mindfulness increases our attention span, reduces our stress and makes our behaviour calmer if constantly practised. Here are a few ways to practice mindfulness and relax while working at our homes.
The best practice to fulfil mindfulness is a good breathing exercise. The technique is universal and can be done wherever you are, with whatever time you got or at whatever position you are. Breathing exercise helps you to clear your head from random thoughts and helps you to focus properly. Relax your entire body, take breaths in and out. Close your eyes and relax while inhaling and exhaling. Let your thoughts go and concentrate on your breath. Breathing helps you in blood circulation and lets more oxygen flow through your blood, helping you gain more energy and focus. Let your breath naturally relax you.
Make Your Work Meaningful
If we don’t enjoy the work we are doing, it’s difficult to be mindful when doing it. That’s why we need to find a purpose of doing a job. Take a moment and reflect ourselves why we are taking up a task, what work bring us joy, what makes us happy or why this job? Questioning ourselves and finding the purpose of our work makes it more meaningful. Grab a piece of paper and write down why do we work. By this, during a hard patch or a bad day, we can read it out and find the true meaning of why we are working.
Pay Attention To Your Food
Food is one of the biggest factors of mindfulness. If we eat too much or too little, it can negatively impact our minds. When working at home, it’s easy for us to skip our routines or eat big. We may skip our breakfast, eat some leftovers for lunch and maybe have a snack in between. We need to be systematic in our meal routines and what we eat. We need to ask our food habit these questions:
- Did you take small bites or large ones?
- Did you multitask while eating?
- What time of the day did you eat?
- Did you go outside or stay inside?
- What about the food itself?
- Was it fresh?
A balanced diet in the right proportions is a vital fuel for mindfulness.
Create A Daily Gratitude Journal
Mindfulness means living in the moment, but appreciating our gratitude towards our accomplishments is meaningful. Create a journal. Note down our accomplishments and the things we are grateful for. At the end of each day, enter the noteworthy things you have done. Be it volunteering at a local event or being grateful to someone who helped you goes down in the journal. At the end of the week, your journal will be filled with extraordinary things you have done.
Listen To Music
Just as breathing helps you in keeping you relaxed and concentrate, mindful listening helps you to listen without judgement. Take your favourite audio streaming service provider, put on the shuffle and listen to songs without skipping any of them.
Even working at home can be a stressful environment. It’s important to be mindful at the moment and concentrate on our actions. Try scheduling time and indulge in these activities. You can find the difference in your stress level and concentration while working.