Hello SOTGC community,
It seems that during the workday, there are forces that try to undo a calm, collective mind. For me, letting an angry customer get the best of me, or having my strategy and plans fall apart, used to completely diffuse my calm, positive attitude. But, thanks to a few tricks and tactics, I can usually get myself back to center!
- Remember to stretch and breathe. I know you are thinking, “I breathe all day!” What I am suggesting is to take five deep belly breaths at the top of each hour during the workday. Also, during that time, stretch your neck and shoulders to release tension. Before I began this tactic, I consistently suffered from multiple migraine headaches each week. Now that I consciously relax each hour, my headaches are almost a non-issue. I have also employed help from a very handy app called “Alarmed.” I set the alarm to ding each hour during my workday, and it reminds me to stretch and breathe!
- Use the phrase “Will this matter one year from now?” when dealing with a difficult work issue. Use this phrase as a litmus test for what type of response the situation warrants. Most situations are not as important as you think they are, and they can be better solved with a calm, rational approach.
- Did you take time to relax this past weekend? If your weekends are fully scheduled with nonrelaxing events, chances are that you will not be rested enough to take on a challenging work week. Even if it’s only an hour, plan something relaxing during your time off! You deserve it and will be thankful in the coming week.
- Similarly to suggestion Number three, try to take a vacation or at least a “stay-cation” each year. A great way to stay calm and peaceful during difficult times at work is to have something to look forward to!
- Meditate or pray. No matter your religious creed, meditation or prayer has been proven time and again to be helpful and essential to a healthy, peaceful mind. In Dr. Andrew Newberg’s book How God Changes Your Brain, he cites “Brain scans of meditating monks and praying nuns show that the frontal lobe — the area that directs the mind’s focus — is especially active while the amygdala — the area linked to fear reactions — is calmed when they go through their spiritual experiences …. Studies show these brain regions can be exercised and strengthened, like building up a muscle through training.”
Ready to get some of your zen? If so then please try one of these techniques today and let me know how it goes. You can @Tweet me with your feedback because I’d love to hear from you. https://twitter.com/ryangreenonline
Heneghan, Tom (Aug 17, 2009). How God (or More Precisely Meditation) Changes Your Brain. Reuters.com. http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/08/17/how-god-or-more-precisely-meditation-changes-your-brain/. Accessed April 28, 2014.