I don’t know about you, but for me my Monday-Friday is non-stop! It can be hard trying to juggle a job, being a mum, a wife and a friend, so putting into practice some positive working techniques has really helped me improve my efficiency in the workplace.
You may have heard a lot recently about Mindfulness. Mindfulness is being focused on the present moment. This shift enables you to take a step back and make stronger and more focused decisions. Being mindful can help to reduce stress, anxiety and conflict. It will also increase resilience and emotional intelligence, while improving communication in the workplace.
To be mindful at work means to be consciously present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as well as managing your mental and emotional state. If you’re writing an email, mindfulness requires you to give it your full attention. Each time your mind wanders to things like ‘what shall I make for dinner?’ just acknowledge the thoughts and bring your attention back to the task in hand. Close your eyes and slowly breathe in and out. Concentrate on the rising and falling of your chest and try not to think about anything else. If other thoughts pop into your head, acknowledge and dismiss them, then bring your focus back to your breathing.
Taking a break can also form a part of being Mindful. It’s more beneficial to step away, even for 15 minutes, and relax for a bit rather than trying to power through the day. Getting outside and going for a walk or finding a quiet place to sit with your thoughts. This will help improve your concentration and reduce that afternoon slump.
Gaining focus and clarity on your task in hand will make such a difference to your day to day activities. Making time for your mind forms a part of your health and well-being and will only help to promote your inner strength when tackling your daily workload.
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Edited by Red Squirrel Digital.