Working from home has changed the way we live. But could our convenient new way of life actually be detrimental to our health? Not if you don’t let it.
Working from home and isolating yourself from normal day-to-day activities has been the biggest pressure I’ve seen over the past year.
Motivation levels drop, work performance is affected, you feel tired, sluggish and lethargic…
It’s been discovered that mindfulness interventions in the workplace can provide relief from pain, depression, anxiety, stress, and even sleep difficulties – so stepping up and demanding support no matter if you’re working remotely or back in the office is imperative for shaking off the ‘blah’.
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Here’s how to start
1. Set intentions at the beginning of each day
Successful people love to set intentions because it enables them to have a growth mindset. Intentions serve as a compass that helps you align yourself and your actions with your personal desires. I recommend openly discussing your intentions with a friend of colleague by having daily check-ins.
2. Establish clear work-life boundaries
Work-life boundaries teach you to be more mindful about spending your time between work and your personal life. This ‘always on’ culture puts a lot of pressure on professionals and can lead to burn-out. You can set better boundaries by simply refraining from messaging or emailing colleagues after work hours. The balancing act is a common challenge in today’s world, but by being more mindful in how you approach it, you can eliminate stress and worries that hinder your productivity and personal satisfaction.
3. Incorporate mindfulness
There are many different mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into your day-to-day.
For instance, yoga is a great exercise that will encourage you to move your body and try different calming poses – even if you just start with 15 minutes a day at lunch time. Movement and stretching classes can also help combat stress and physical pain after a long and tiring day.
Mindfulness can be used to combat stress in the workplace. Image: istock. Source: BodyAndSoul
How can we use mindfulness to improve mindset and mental health?
By definition, mindfulness is simply becoming aware of your mind, body and speech, and staying present in the current moment, and incorporating the practice into your everyday life creates tangible benefits that extend from your personal life to the workplace. Some of the benefits mindfulness has on mindset and mental health include:
1. Increased concentration
One of the key benefits of mindfulness is an increased level of concentration. When you solely focus on the task at hand, you don’t get distracted by the constant ping of emails, pull of social media and life as we know it. Mindfulness can help you shut out distractions so that you can concentrate for longer periods of time on the task at time, then over time the ability to focus and concentrate through the chaos around you becomes innate.
2. Stress management
Mindfulness can be used to help combat stress in the workplace because rather than being reactive to a situation, you’ll instead take a moment to pause, refocus your mind and then come up with a sound response to the problem at hand. Mindfulness can also help you sleep better, which in turn reduces stress.
3. Increased creativity
Mindfulness helps to quiet the mind, allowing space for new and better ideas to come forward as opposed to overthinking and forcing. By using mindfulness, you’ll find creative ideas flow more fluidly, and you’ll be able to focus your attention on the ask at-hand, then step away and shift your focus entirely onto a new task.
While it’s natural to care about what people are thinking and feeling, taking those emotions home has a negative outcome – so too does making decisions based on emotions. Mindfulness helps leave emotions behind, which means when you’re at home you’ll be able to focus on being at home, and when at work, you’ll be able to focus on being present there.
Sally Kellet is the founder of Melbourne-based meditation and mindfulness studio Mirosuna. She is a certified advanced meditation teacher and certified sound meditation practitioner.
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