In today’s fast-paced office environment, it’s all too easy to lose yourself in the stress of the hectic workday. After all, burying oneself in work can be something of a convenient excuse for not fulfilling the responsibility of taking adequate care of yourself. Rather than succumb to the overwhelming anxiety brought on by looming deadlines, try making use of your lunch break to meditate and unclutter your mind to better face the day ahead.
You might wonder: why should I spend my already-scant lunch break on meditation? Although not immediately evident, meditation and mindfulness has been found to help individuals manage stress, depression and anxiety, and enhances productivity, creativity and concentration. In addition, meditation can lower your blood pressure, as well as improve sleep and chronic pain management.
When you first get started, set a mental goal that you’d like to achieve, and sit somewhere quiet and comfortable. Listen to some soothing classical music and tune out obtrusive thoughts, focusing on connecting with your mind and body. It may be difficult at first, but be patient with yourself, and you’ll soon find yourself resurfacing from your meditation refreshed and rejuvenated.
The beauty of meditation is that it can be applied to almost every scenario; you don’t need to be dressed in a monk’s robe while being perched up high on a secluded mountain somewhere to reap the full benefits of quiet contemplation. Meditative techniques can be practiced in places no more alien than your desk chair! Just take a relaxed sitting position (albeit with good posture), close your eyes and empty your mind of all distraction. If you must focus on something, try synching your breathing pattern with your heart beat, accentuating the exhaling portion.
Whether you choose to meditate in an upscale studio with a soothing ambience or in the corner of your break room with calming music playing through a pair of earphones, meditation is a form of self-care that provides many with a much-needed refuge from the pressures they may face at work, so don’t be afraid to give it a shot!