Our team recently participated in a team-building meditation session at our neighboring yoga studio, Anchor Life + Fitness. We like to partake in challenging activities such as this a few times a year with goals of strengthening our bond as a team and increasing company morale. As a woman-owned small business, we realize the benefits of team-building activities but also recognize it is tough to get the entire team together.
Statistics show that seven out of 10 adults experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis. The good news is from our team yoga session, we learned of 5 simple changes you can include in your routine to alleviate any pressure you feel while at work.
1. Find Your Breath
You may have lost it or never have discovered it. Whichever is the case, let’s find it. Take 30 seconds, close your eyes and focus on slowing your breath. Pay attention to your inhalations and exhalations by taking deep breaths from your belly. Do this breathing technique practically anywhere to consciously calm your mind.
2. Take Breaks
Your work day is nonstop. There is always an email to answer or a task to complete. You will be more focused and productive if you take some time to smell the roses. No literally, get up and go outside for a walk. Studies show that people who live or work near green spaces have less depression and anxiety.
3. Assess Your Food and Drink
Certain foods actually aid in the feeling of anxiety like fried foods, high glycemic carbs, unrefined sugars, and alcoholic beverage. Stick to healthier choices to help your mental well-being such as whole grain foods, blueberries, acai berries, almonds, and pure dark chocolate.
Exercise is not just for burning calories. Studies show that it burns off stress and anxiety too. Get into a routine of taking a speed walk or jog to lower those stress levels. Your body will thank you for it!
5. Reconfigure Your Day
Change your bedtime and morning routine. Instead of checking emails right before bed or when you first wake up, be intentional of the time you spend winding down and starting your day. Introduce meditation or do quick yoga sequence to clear your mind at night and start fresh in the morning.
Now, take a moment to close your eyes, focus on slowing your breath and count to 30. All done? Good. Do this and the other exercises often to relieve stress, not just on #NationalRelaxationDay.