After a meeting, why not give yourself just 5 minutes to press the pause button.
Using mindfulness whilst you are either working from home or at work will help you to increase your focus and decrease your stress levels. Just a couple of minutes everyday can really help, even small amounts of meditation have been shown to reduce anxiety, increase our ability to think creatively, and help us see from other perspectives.
When stress levels are high, meetings or shifts can be long, intense or unproductive. To help move into a more relaxed and cooperative headspace, why not consider a few minutes of mindfulness before, during or after work.
Mindfulness techniques can be really helpful in calming your nervous system, and helping to centre your emotions.
Top tips to ease your crisis anxiety and give yourself a much needed moment of calm.
Connect with your breath
The best way to stay calm is to connect with your breath. Focusing on the exhale is particularly good for soothing the nervous system, as it feels grounding and releasing. Inhale for a count of four, exhale for a count of eight, to quickly calm yourself.
Mindfulness means staying in the moment. You can do this by focusing fully on what you are doing and not thinking about anything else for a couple of minutes. You can do this when you are drinking a cup of tea, washing your hands, brushing your teeth or taking a walk.
Make a list of things you are grateful for. It is so easy to get stuck in the negatives – especially in these unprecedented times! But stopping and giving thanks for the food on your table, the person who delivered it to your door, your online communities, your childs smile, your cat or dog, Netflix! Above all, remember that today may not be perfect, but just take each day as it comes….
Connect with nature
‘walking mindfully and breathing mindfully in nature enables us to connect with the natural world, which naturally calms our mind.
Add these healthy tips into your routine where you can and remember mindfulness takes time and practise.
"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax."