We spend most of our lives at work. We spend a lot of time going through the motions and reacting to everything that comes our way. But what if we could completely improve our experience at work and eliminate stress just by breathing and expressing gratitude? What if we could take our power back and have more control over how our days go?
As soon as you wake up in the morning, when your feet first hit the floor, just sit there for a moment and think of five things you’re grateful for. Here’s an example gratitude list:
- I am grateful for this new day to be alive and experience the richness of life.
- I am grateful for the ability to sleep
- I am grateful for my two feet that will carry me throughout the day
- I am grateful for my hands that will help me do my job
- I am grateful for my comfortable bed and shelter
Setting the tone for your day from a place of gratitude will start to train your mind to look for other things it’s grateful for, thus increasing your capacity to invite MORE of these good things into your life.
On your way to work, visualize and affirm out loud how you want your day to go. At what time do you want to finish your work? How do you want to show up to your colleagues? How do you want to feel? And how do you want the people around you to feel? You can start small here, and ensure that you really believe what you’re saying and visualizing (More on the Law of Attraction here).
Work Practices – Remember these Four P’s for Peace!
Add “Stay Present” to the top of your To-Do list. Before you look at your tasks for the day, bring this to mind: your only job today is to stay present. Stay present in every meeting you’re in, stay present with each person you speak to, etc. Multi-tasking is a misconception and your brain cannot focus on more than one thing at once. You can stay present with the task or person at hand – and the results will be much better. Try it just for one day and see how it feels.
Before opening your email/slack/etc., you can affirm to yourself: “no matter what I’m about to read, I will not let this lower my vibration/mood/etc.” – this simple practice puts YOU back in control of your own emotions and does not give your power away to external people, events, etc.
Pranayama is the yoga practice of breath control/techniques. When you feel stress coming on, take 6 deep breaths. You don’t even have to go anywhere. You can do this right at your desk. Or if you really need a break – go to the bathroom or walk around the hallway to take 6 deep breaths. Your nervous system will thank you. Breath is our life force. We don’t use nearly close to our maximum lung capacity, and when we’re stressed, our breathing gets even more shallow. Try inhaling in for 4 counts and exhaling out for 6 counts. The longer exhale will tell your nervous system that you are safe and it’s OK to relax.
Go into a conference room or in the hallway and shake your body, dance it out, stretch, run in place, do a cartwheel — whatever you have to do, just MOVE! Our bodies were not meant for sitting and staying stagnant. Our bodies were meant to move and play and dance and run and walk. Take breaks, walk outside, take your lunch break, take laps around the office you have to. Other people will be encouraged by your movement and may even join in! Release the judgement on yourself for moving and taking care of your body. It’s OK to love and take care of yourself at work – don’t feel guilty about it. Others will take notice and want to participate too, then soon you are all rising the vibration of the space together and creating a happier, healthier workplace.