In today’s corporate atmosphere it seems that it’s normal to feel over-worked, tired, and stressed out. We’re here to tell you that shouldn’t be the case. Being a hard worker and being healthy are NOT mutually exclusive! It’s important to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being now or your body might feel the consequences later.
We here at the Corporate Alley Cat know it can be hard to find some “me” time with your busy work schedule, which is why we’ve put together a list of simple ways you can combat stress anytime, anywhere.
1. Meditation Exercises
This an episode of She Takes On The World TV ( a series by Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur Natalie MacNeil) demonstrating three meditation exercises you can do from your desk at work: the Stress Shaker, the Time Tap, and the Focus Flame.
- The Stress Shaker method is designed to release stress from you body:
- (1) Take a few deep breaths
- (2) Acknowledge the source of your stress
- (3) Say “I’m willing to move forward and see this differently”
- (4) In the wise words of Taylor Swift, Shake it off! Visualize your stress being shaken from your body.
- The Time Tap method is designed to shift your mindset to a place of what MacNeil calls “abundant time”.
- (1) Place your hands flat and palm-side down on your lap.
- (2) Tap one finger at a time, starting with you pinkies and ending with your thumbs, being sure to recite one word in a five-word mantra for every tap. (MacNeil lists “I always have enough time”, “I am one with time” and “Time is within my control” as her favorites)
- The Focus Flame method is designed to reduce tension and eye strain.
- (1)Turn off your computer.
- (2) Light a candle.
- (3) Bring the flame to eye level while keeping it at a safe distance.
- (4) Take deep breaths and focus on the flame for 1-2 minutes.
If you’re not in love with any of these, you can also try some simple breathing exercises. Breathe2Relax, Essence, and Stop, Breathe, Think are three great apps that can guide you through a little mid-day meditation.
2. Personal Zen
(Photos grabbed from Personal Zen)