You work more hours than you like, go into autopilot the moment you get to your desk, and have a family to tend to after a long and weary day. It’s not easy, but you take on the challenge day by day because you’re a powerful, courageous, and strong human being. But sometimes the stress takes a toll on your mind and body. When the tension builds up you lash out, feel anxious, and break down from time to time.
You can change the wave. Taking executive control of your willpower, decisions, and actions allows you to live a more intentional and fulfilling life. Challenge yourself to create a new rhythm by practicing mindfulness throughout your workday. These effective strategies can help you find peace and control through the toughest of stormy weather.
Wake up with awareness
Don’t just wake up and slug to the office. Start with a purpose. Upon waking, close your eyes and connect with your body. Take deep breaths and begin to bring your attention inward. When you’re ready, set your intention for the day. Whether it’s to check in with yourself, eat well, or to be kind make sure to check in with yourself throughout the day. Remember to stay conscious.
Savor the bite
Inhaling that burrito in two seconds at lunch isn’t doing anyone a favor. Take your time to enjoy every bite by eating mindfully. Albeit important, there’s more to eating than simply nutrition. When you breathe before eating, you bring your attention to yourself. Take 10 deep breaths before digging in to slow down and listen to your body. Making a mindful choice on what to eat and according to your hunger is important to tune into your body’s needs. Find a quiet spot to relax and wind down. Enjoy the experience of nourishing your body.
Divorce the default
Your ability to become more mentally flexible improves the neuroplasticity of your brain. Creating new healthy habits is important to growth and making a long-lasting difference. It’s not easy, takes time, patience, and practice, but the benefits are for life. The rewiring of your brain helps change emotional habits by conditioning certain emotional responses under stressful conditions. Emotional regulation is essential to defeat negative emotions and overcome any challenging situation.