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Over the past 18 months the lines between work and home have been blurred and switching off from a day of work is proving harder than ever. Practicing mindfulness can help you with separating out the two as well as increasing your productivity and improving your mental health.
Mindfulness brings you back to ‘now’ and makes you more aware of your surroundings, feelings and can help you spot the signs of anxiety and stress earlier, making it easier to treat. This all sounds great but it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with knowing where to start so here are our top tips for practicing mindfulness for work;
Practice breathing exercisesMindful breathing involves focusing your full attention on your breathing, feeling every inhale and exhale with the idea that you breathe in positivity and breathe out negative energy. To start this you can either set a 1 minute timer or just start with focusing on 10 breaths, inhale through your nose and out of your mouth whilst paying attention to the rise and fall of your torso.
Take regular mindfulness breaksGrabbing lunch at our desk and working all day has become the normal and it’s leading to burnout. It’s important to break up your day away from your desk or workstation and nothing is better than fresh air. Spend the time enjoying your lunch, listening to music, or even just taking in your surroundings.
Journal your appreciationBeing grateful for the here and now is a very powerful mindset to adopt, even gratitude for the smaller things can have a compound effect on your mindfulness. Keeping a track of the things you have appreciation for and reading them back to yourself will move you away from a negative mindset and more to a mindful and calmer outlook.
Undertake one task at a timeWe have all been there where even the sight of your to-do list makes you feel nauseous and it’s too easy to try and tick too many things off at once. Immerse yourself in mindfulness and focus entirely on the task you are doing at that moment. Giving your task your full attention will increase your productivity and even the standard at which you perform the task.
We would love to understand what other tips you may have for practicing mindfulness at work or if you have tried any of the ones we have shared on here, get in touch and let us know!