Your Ticket to Peace is Just a Few Moments Away
Do you ever feel trapped at work? Perhaps that big project with tomorrow’s deadline has slipped away from you, or you’ve lost yourself in a problem that seems to have no solution. Maybe you have become at odds with your desk space, or you’ve picked a battle with technology today. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
All it takes to re-channel your mind is a little reflection, a bit of you-time to get your thoughts back on track. When is the last time you closed your eyes and allowed yourself to float away from your physical work space and into your own world? Here are five of our favorite ways to break free of the cubicle claustrophobia and back into your personal space.
1. Don’t Forget To Breathe
Breathing is the quintessential element of any kind of meditation. When you learn to control your breath, you gain control of your whole self – body, mind and soul. Have you ever noticed your breath when you’re stressed out? It tends to be short, shallow, and restricted to your chest. Compare this to when you’re relaxed; your breath will be long and deep, reaching down into your belly.
Breathing, although necessary for life, is actually a learned trait. We get so wrapped up in our days and in our lives that we often don’t notice our breathing sequence. When is the last time you took the time to notice your breathing? With just a few simple steps, you can regain your mind and take control of your busy day – just breathe!
Do this cycle 10-15 times for a completely refreshed mind.
2. Get Up and Move Your Body
Most of us sit in a chair for most of the day, so why would we want to spend more time than required in office confinement? The art of meditation is that you can do it anywhere, anytime for as long or short as you desire. So get up!
Go for a short walk outside and be mindful of your breathing. Move your limbs that stay cramped behind a desk all day; stretch your arms, legs, and back; bring yourself back to the present moment – back to your body.
If you’re truly strapped for time, do some head and shoulder rolls in the comfort of your chair. These rolls limber up your joints and help relieve deep stressor built up tension.
Acknowledge your stress and let it go with each exhale!
3. Honor Yourself Through Guided Meditation
Guided meditations are a wonderful way to balance your day, dissolve stress and give yourself a little bit of self-love during a hectic workflow. If you are new to personal meditation, this is a great way to escape the office, without ever actually leaving!
Some of our favorite lunchtime meditations are just under 15 minutes and leave you feeling revived, energized, peaceful and ready to take on the rest of your day. San Diego based wellness center, The Chopra Center has an abundant selection of guided meditations, find one that works for you!
4. Find Your Perfect Soundtrack and Daydream
Music has been used as a form of therapy for centuries – physical and psychological health have been shown to vastly improve after sessions of musical therapy in both professional and personal circumstances.
The American Music Therapy Association has found that music positively promotes wellness, assists in managing stress, expressing feelings, improving communication and enhancing memory.
Turn your phone on silent, turn your computer monitors off and remove yourself from the fast paced world of social technology. It’s not going anywhere without you. For 3-5 minutes, allow yourself to slowly drift into your happy place. The beach, the mountains, at home with kids or your favorite vacation spot—wherever it is that your heart values, put yourself there. The marriage of your breath and a relaxing song is the cheapest ticket to happiness you’ll ever find!
5. Do A Body Scan
One of the oldest meditative practices, a body scan, is a great way to tap into your body and mentally “clock out” for a few short minutes during the day. Eyes can remain open or closed for this routine, whatever is most comfortable for you!
Relax and take in a few deep cleansing breaths. With your undivided attention towards your feet, feel out the sensations that live there. Wiggle your toes to acknowledge those sensations. Spend a full minute focusing on your feet, toes, ankles… and any feelings that exist there.
Breathe deeply into them and with an exhale – let go of the tension. It’s normal for the mind to try and drift off into other thoughts or emotions during this time, simply take note of them, and then go back to the feet.
Repeat this process moving up the body, from the calves, knees and thighs to the groin, bottom and belly, up through the chest, shoulders and head. Acknowledge your hardworking arms, hands and fingers. For the sake of time, pick two or three spots that require your attention and spend a little time focusing on the sensations that live there.
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