The work place is full of stressors. From deadlines to demanding bosses, it can be hard getting through the work day without wanting to pull your hair out. However, if you can learn to incorporate mindfulness at work, you’ll be able to get so much more out of your workday.
Focus on Your Breathing
On any given day at work, you’re likely to encounter plenty of distressing conversations. Your boss might reprimand you for something out of your control and co-workers might try to gossip behind your back. When such distressing conversations take place around you, it’s easy to have your blood pressure start to rise as a result of your emotions. However, it’s not in any way productive to your work, and it’s also bad for your health to react negatively to such conversations. So instead, rely on mindfulness meditation to focus on your breathing instead of the things that distraught you.
Stop Multitasking All the Time
As a hard worker, you probably often feel the pressure to multitask. But believe it or not, multitasking can actually be bad for your work output. That’s because when you’re multitasking it becomes impossible to truly focus on any particular task. Hence, consider unitasking instead. You might or might not get things done more quickly, but you’ll definitely get them done more properly the first time around. Plus, you’ll endure less stress in the process.
Go Outside During Your Breaks
Make the most of your breaks at work. Go outside to breathe in some fresh air; it will help to reenergize you enough to make it through the rest of your day. If the weather is bad, try to find a quiet spot within the building to close your eyes for a bit and meditate. Doing so will allow you to come back to work refreshed and ready to focus on whatever tasks you have before you.
Leave Personal Problems at Home
Once you walk into your place of work, make sure you leave all of your personal problems at home. Wait until later to resolve personal issues. After all, there’s not much that can be done about personal problems while at work. So it’s best to just focus on your job while you’re there.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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