If you’ve been a part of our yoga classes in South Jersey, you’ve probably had at least a few moments to slow down and meditate during savasana. Going to the gym is an undeniably physical experience, often motivated by the intention to improve our outer selves. Fitness, a generalized term, is in many cases used to refer to an aesthetic — an appearance — but it can also refer to a mental state.
Meditation allows for better concentration and relaxation. That’s not just what people report, either; it’s shown that certain techniques can release dopamine and serotonin in the brain, chemicals that correlate with happiness and calmness.
Many practice meditation at home, finding that a few minutes a day leaves them feeling balanced, sharp and with a more even temperament. A rough day at work can ruin just about anyone’s flow, even those who meditate regularly.
Whether you’re brand new to meditation or have been meditating for some time, it can be helpful to find some time at work to slow things down and hone oneself.
Here are a few tips for meditating at work.
- Take a step back from your desk and concentrate on your breathing. You don’t have to close your eyes, but focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this for a minute or two as you allow your pressing thoughts to fade away, they’ll feel more manageable when you return to them.
- If you’re feeling pressed for time, place your hands on your lap and slowly tap your pinkies, ring finger, middle, index and thumb. Don’t rush, try to move a bit more slowly each time you repeat the process until you feel better.
- A small plant or a small personal belonging can be used as a concentration tool. Plants are scientifically shown to reduce stress in work environments, however, a small but meaningful desk accessory can be used to focus one’s thoughts when concentrated on.
- If nothing else, a little instrumental music can always help to tune out the distractions and help you focus.