Taking time out of your busy day to meditate for an hour may seem so far out of reach that any relaxation time is swept aside. And while it’s no doubt that life happens at a break neck pace, there is absolutely no excuse to neglect yourself and your stress-reduction routing. Use these four simple principles to diffuse stress during even your most time pressed day.
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Take Short or Micro Breaks.
No time to spend 30 minutes chanting “ohm” in the broom closet? Hiding from your whip-cracking boss just not an option? Then, simply take multiple 60-second walks around the office and meditate using a truncated walking meditation.
Or, you might post a photo of a favorite place or dream vacation spot and stare into the crystal blue waters, imagining the gentle breeze in your hair. A one-minute meditation can help energize the mind and give the body a chance to recover from hours bent at the computer. Of course more time is preferable, but take any moment you can steal away, and watch the relaxation mount.
When you inhale what happens to your body? Does your chest do all the work while your abdomen sits lifeless? Or worse, is your tummy permanently tucked in, trying desperately to conceal a barely there muffin top? Practicing the art of deep breathing and use of the diaphragm can melt tension away by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Just 2-3 minutes a few times per day can increase well-being and decrease stress.
Sitting at your desk for 8-12 hours per day is in and of itself a major stressor to the body. Sitting inherently puts pressure on the low back and hours of typing can make arms and shoulders vulnerable to repetitive motion disorders. Leave your office during lunch for a walk. Leave your desk for a water break. Deliver a message in person, rather than through email. Take a moment to stretch in the break room or bathroom. Do whatever you can to stand, walk and move throughout your day (even if only for a moment). The end of the day will come sooner and with less musculoskeletal pain if you do.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Oh, did I mention, HYDRATE! One of the biggest, easiest to fix and most common sense activities is getting proper hydration. Although there is much debate about how much water you need to be “properly hydrated” just getting started with a water bottle on your desk, that you carry with you or that stays in your car is step one. Good indicators of hydration are urine color (lighter, more copious the better) but consult your doctor for what’s best for you. Some medications can increase urine output while other conditions decrease kidney function. Find out what’s right for you before going overboard. Dehydration may be the reason behind your afternoon fog or your bodily aches so splash into hydration!