Your overpriced train is late, it’s raining you forgot your umbrella, your to-do list is longer than your arm, your inbox is overflowing, you have a day of back to back meetings, you try to exercise, eat healthily, drink more water and maintain some form of social life – sometimes it feels never ending and your productivity and creativity is flagging.
We have all been there, sitting blankly in front of our computer screens, so busy with so much to do, procrastinating as we don’t know where to start.
This month we have learnt some top tips in a workshop we attended at our office called ‘workplace mindfulness’ by Psychotherapist Mandy Simons.
‘Mindfulness? What is mindfulness? And how could I possibly have time for mindfulness?’ I hear you cry!
Well, let me tell you…
Mindfulness isn’t a religious or spiritual, it is the practise of paying attention to surroundings, thoughts, physical sensations, being aware and open, to be in the present, not thinking about the past or the future.
Have you ever driven somewhere and then wondered how you got there? This is how not to do mindfulness.
When you are fully submerged into an activity, such as reading a good book or playing sports, this heightened state of attention is mindfulness.
So how can I practise this, especially at work?
Mindfulness can be taking time out of your day away from your desk for ten minutes or a couple of deep breaths before walking into an important meeting. Mindfulness can help you improve creativity and productivity, reduce workplace stress and anxiety, help defeat negative or self-defeating thoughts and improve mental clarity.
At Live we are trying our best to embrace mindfulness. It can be hard to know where to start if you haven’t practised mindfulness before but there are some great apps that can help you to focus such as, headspace and calm – being our top to favs. Here are top our five tips on how to start practising mindfulness at work.
- Start your day right. Stop snoozing your alarm right up until the last moment you have to jump out of bed. Wake up a few minutes earlier and notice the sensations of your breath.
- Eat mindfully. Don’t sit in front of your computer and scoff things down. Take the time to notice the taste, smell and texture of the food.
- Walk between meetings. Pay attention to the moment and your feet on the floor. It will feel great when you walk past the bus you could have been sat on.
- Take your time. There will always be deadlines but rushing and making mistakes will not make you complete your tasks any faster. Take a few minutes out to notice your breath and regain focus and creativity.
Let us know if these top tips help you.
Live – Business (and mindfulness) in the moment