So, why mindfulness?
After 10 years in the corporate world, and yes, it has totally taken me that long to come to this realization! 10 years on and I have now learned the importance of mindfulness exercises. Not only for my own sanity, but also for my colleagues, bosses and even for the workload I am tackling.
It’s easy to bob along, turning up and just doing your thang. Bumbling along blissfully unaware of the importance of mindfulness, until, you notice time completely zipping past you. Which does seem to just creep on up out of no where!
What you will start to notice as time goes on
Have you ever noticed, that between looking forward to your next meal, next paycheck, next party event, the in-between seems to just, well, whizz by? Oh no sorry, I forgot, apart from the times you are starving hungry before lunch or desperately waiting for 5’o’clock! WOW, how long does it take for the clock to tick to 17:00 when you are waiting to run off home?
Time seems to stop entirely, and one-minute feels like one hour!!
That feeling of ‘oh god, please can time speed up so I can fill this deep void in my stomach which appears to be eating itself’.
Of course, time stands completely still then.
However, as a whole, the feelings of those days and weeks between our milestone events, just kind of roll over, one day into the next.
I’m not saying it’s always like this, we all have great days and average or bad days, we tend to remember most the extreme of either spectrum. But just sometimes, you have a day where you are like Woah, where did that week go?
Actually, where did that YEAR go?
The universe has made it so that we cannot, in fact, turn back or slow down time. Which is a shame because life is pretty fun right now and I’d kind of like to freeze it right here. But since that’s not possible, only in Dr. Who, we have to find other options.
Even though you can’t slow time down
Believe it or not, although you cannot scientifically slow time down, you can, in fact, become acutely aware of your current experience and surroundings. Which does in fact, have the desired sensation within the body and mind. The sensation that time has in fact begun to slow down around you, as you learn to activate the senses and notice as much of your NOW as possible.
It’s more of an ongoing skill, that you have to learn and practice over time.
Like with anything the more you do it the better you’ll get at it. I can’t pretend that you can say “Shazam” and the mindfulness will magically start to give you these sensations, it certainly didn’t work like that for me.
But the more I practiced, through yoga and through my ongoing learning on mindfulness, the better it became.
I have read up on mindfulness and the benefits of it on our health from multiple sources, but I really enjoyed this article, in particular,‘getting started with mindfulness’.which really helps those who are just getting their first introduction. It’s such a broad term but I think reading scientifically backed articles helps those who have never been down this path before.
So without further a due, here are my 5 mindfulness exercises to help transform your career success.
Spend time mapping out your day, then when you tick off each task, take a moment to sit back and actually congratulate yourself on completing the task.
We hardly ever give ourselves enough credit for a job well done. It’s amazing how sitting back and thinking about how well you just did, can impact us. You don’t have to give yourself a standing ovation!
(You could, why not!) but you can simply sit back in your chair and think to yourself that you just did something great. The powerful impact this practice can have on you mentally is awesome. Try it!
Eat an apple, and think about nothing but the taste, smell, look and feel of the apple.
Yep, this one is hard, there are a thousand distractions at work. If you can compartmentalize the things going on around you then you can really practice wonderful mindfulness through this exercise. It doesn’t have to be your desk it can be anywhere!
Be mindful of the words you speak
What is meant by this, is for you to be acutely aware of your internal and external language. What you are saying to someone else, or perhaps to yourself, is it intentional? The words you have used, are they positive?
Is it possible that the dialog indicates that you doubting yourself, or the person you are communicating with? Being mindful of the words you use is a fantastic exercise you can start immediately. It’s amazing how quickly you forget with all the 80,000 or so thoughts you are having subconsciously, that you are meant to be intentional with your speech.
Have a practice and see if you notice a difference with the internal and external chatter!
Noticing pain in the body
Whilst you are busy completing tasks, working your butt off and helping everyone, it’s 100 times easier to pop a Panadol or drink a coffee and power through your day. Completely ignoring the feelings within your body that are causing discomfort. We have ALL done this in an attempt to keep up with busy schedules and heightened workloads.
Today, make the commitment to yourself to become more aware of what your body is feeling. If you notice a sore back, take a break and stretch it out. A headache coming along? Take a break, drink some water and listen to what your body truly needs, it will tell you more than you realize!
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Please comment on your successes with these tips and any other ideas that work well for you!
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