Busy days often lead to busy and cluttered minds. Stress is almost considered the norm. But self-care should always be given priority, even with a full schedule. While it might seem impossible or kitschy, meditation has been proven to do wonders for your mental and emotional well-being. Here are some easy ways to meditate in this busy world.
1. Go for a walk.
A change of scenery can get your creative juices flowing and get you out of a rut. Take a sedate walk around the office block or head over to the nearest park during your lunch break. Stop and appreciate getting out of your office cubicle for awhile.
2. Doodle on a piece of paper.
Take out a spare notebook or pad paper and let your mind rest as you doodle. Sometimes when we focus on words, numbers, etc., we need to have something new to do to get re-energized. A short five minute break does wonders to help you refocus on your task.
Journaling lets you record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout the day. You don’t necessarily need to do it every single day. Journaling should only be done when you feel like you have something you want to say to yourself, like a reminder to be thankful for something or something you learned that day. What you cannot say out loud, put it to paper and let it go.
4. Breathing exercises.
This may be cliche, but doing breathing exercises is the start of meditation. Go somewhere quiet, sit down with your feet flat on the ground and shoulder-width apart. Start counting back from 100, taking long and deep breaths. Free your mind of thoughts and worries, anything that causes you tension and anxiety. Just focus on your breathing.
5. Take a break from your desk.
Stand up and leave your desk for a comfortable couch in the common area of your office. If you don’t have one available, just go somewhere quiet where other people won’t bother you. Nothing is worth being chained to your desk.
6. Clean your desk at the end of the day.
That time at the end of a busy day should be time to prepare for the next. Clean out your desk from the scrap paper, clutter, to do lists and files. This is so when you get back, you come back to a clean desk and workspace for the day ahead.
Here’s to conquering the rest of the work week!