Enter Mindfulness - How To Cope With Workplace Stress
Having a great job and being completely satisfied at what you do sounds like a utopian dream for most people. You often have to choose between a well-paid job that is not emotionally satisfying and a fulfilling one that pays less than zero. However, an important thing at which ever you pick is how to keep your mental stability and emotional stress at a normal level. Long hours, tiring colleagues, boring tasks and all other things tend to ruin your vibe, so a number of employees today look into stress-coping tactics. Here are some of them and in what ways mindfulness can help you.
What many people do not know is that some companies have a policy to fire their employees if they work too much or punch in too many overtime hours. While this sounds senseless and counterproductive, there actually is a sound logic behind it. Working too much and not getting enough rest makes you aggravated, unproductive and, overall, quite unhappy. Therefore, good organization of your working day is the key.
In order to achieve this, you have to make clear goals for your day, week and month, as well as clearly marked out-of-work time. However, a prerequisite for this is to first know yourself and be in touch with your emotions – if you are in a Zen state of mind, your tight schedule will be easier to handle. Organizing your professional and personal time is definitely improved if you know your limits and employ mindfulness techniques.
Pauses that are Worth Your Time
Another good thing for achieving mindfulness is breaking your working day into several parts and making breaks between them. This way, you will be able to rejuvenate and recharge your mindset and prevent it from “overheating”. During these pauses, try to breathe deeply, focus your attention on yourself and find solace in things that surround you.
Finally, it is important to stay in the moment and not wander off. This means looking everywhere around you and notice things you have not noticed before. Smells, sounds, images, colors will activate your mindfulness and, when combined with positive morning rituals, get your mind to a higher level. Make breaks between meetings, take a walk, appreciate the steps you make and feel the sensations around you. This is the technique for a more peaceful mind.
A Helpful Hand from the Experts
Alas, not all people are good with being calm from the very morning and staying that way through the day. That is why there are special seminars, workshops and classes that help you prevent work stress and find a calm spot in your head and a peaceful state of mind.
I have personally attended a mindfulness seminar organized by TP3 in Sydney and held in their offices few weeks ago. Handled with care and divided in several steps, this seminar helped me first identify my problems – where they start and how I react to them – and them provided me with several tactics how to reach mindfulness in no time. After only a few days, I realized that these tricks work and that I am able to apply them to my workplace – from transition time between meetings to seeing work through pink glasses.
The concept of mindfulness is strongly associated with Buddhism, therapeutic psychology and psychiatry, so achieving it is highly individual and can be done in several ways. Therefore, instead of trying to copy successful examples, you should figure out what triggers your own mindfulness and work towards that. Breathing exercises, yoga and positive thinking set it off and have a positive effect on depression, stress reduction, social anxiety, wide range of emotions and even health issues.
About the author:
Marcus is an Australian IT support professional, working with companies that outsource their IT maintenance. He writes for technivorz blog. He’s SF and gaming fan, and has actually seen Star Wars 44 times.