As moms, we have a lot on our plates! Our lives are a constant balancing act between home, family, work, and any other obligations that might come up during the week. It’s all too easy to bring your stress to the workplace with you, making it harder to focus on tasks, stay motivated, and handle responsibilities efficiently.
If you often find yourself thinking all you need is a little peace and quiet, the relief you’re looking for is closer than you think.
The simplest antidote to stress is meditation in the workplace. This handy infographic shows how meditating positively affects your body, health, and emotions in lots of other ways, too. Essentially, if you meditate for even just a few minutes each day, you’ll start reaping the benefits. You’ll feel better, get more done at work, and have a sunnier outlook on your life and relationships.
Mindful Meditation: Deep breathing exercise
One of the great things about meditation is how simple it is: it can be done almost anywhere, any time. With mindfulness meditation, your goal is to keep all of your attention on the current moment, rather than on the tasks, deadlines, and anxious thoughts that take up your energy and attention most of the time. One easy way to do this is by focusing on your breath.
To try it, sit tall in your office chair. Take a deep breath for a count of four. Rather than letting your breath get stuck in your upper chest, try to breathe into your belly for the most benefit. Hold the breath in for a count of four. Now exhale, slowly and evenly, for a count of six. As you repeat this exercise, you should slowly begin to feel calmer and more grounded in the current moment.
This is a great technique for reducing stress – use it before presentations to help with nerves, or in the middle of the workday if you need a moment to relax!