The modern world is an always alert one; we are over-connected and over stimulated, and it’s increasingly harder to just “power off”. Life itself is full of stress, and when we take the above into consideration, life just seems to get more stressful, at all times.
Stress isn’t something that affects your brain only, it creates a full-body response that significantly alters the way we feel, think, and act. Luckily there are some things we can do to reduce our stress and feelings of anxiety. And before you ask, no, it doesn’t necessarily involve yoga or meditation–though these are actually two helpful practices.
Reducing stress in an environment that’s full of stimuli requires mindfulness. Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”
It helps fight stress because it encourages individuals to be aware of their current situation without adding the worry that often times comes with thinking about the future.
Mindfulness Tips and Techniques
Breathe. Breathing comes naturally to us, yet when you consciously think about your breathing and you optimize it and take deep breaths you will feel how your body instantly relaxes. You can practice mindful breathing each morning, before you go to bed, or throughout the day, especially when dealing with circumstances that create a stressful environment.
Set priorities. Mindfulness is about being aware of what we are doing and how. While multitasking seems to be what everyone does and the rule of thumb while working, consider a different approach. Prioritize tasks and work on them accordingly.
Organize your time. Once you’ve prioritized your tasks, allot a specific time for each of them–it doesn’t need to be exact to the minute–but do try to figure out how much time it should take you to get certain things done. Focusing on only one task at a time will help reduce stress and will also increase your productivity and quality of work.
Reduce caffeine intake. If you’re a coffee person, think about opting for tea; especially if you tend to drink several cups of coffee a day. Coffee is a stimulant and it won’t help you relax and take things one at a time. If you’re feeling stressed, consider relaxing teas; this will help you center down and focus, as well as sleep better at night.
Make sure you are “powering off”. You know how when a tech-device isn’t working technicians always ask if you’ve turned it off and on again? Well, the same applies to humans, we sometimes need to power off and tune out. Make sure you are sleeping at night, that you are giving yourself some “me time”, and that you are eating well. This will help you feel your best, and keep in mind that it’s when we feel our best that we perform our best.
Feeling stressed during the day while you’re working? Our meditation rooms are perfect to take a break, take a deep breath, and relax.