In the midst of a global pandemic, you may be feeling extra anxiety, stress or in general a feeling of dis-connection. With work-life suddenly thrust upon your home life, things can get a little topsy turvy with regards to balance. Add to that, everyone working from home in a shared space, and suddenly you have quite a different routine panning out.
So, what do we do about it? How do we keep ourselves calm and centred and still face the day in the best possible way?
With any work/life balance, the key is to set aside time and space to complete each task. This approach is needed more than ever now, so let’s take a look at how incorporating meditation/mindfulness into your working from home day can look like.
Keep your morning routine as if you were going to work. That may include a shower, getting dressed, breakfast. You may indulge in a morning coffee or tea, or a health shake. However your ‘usual’ morning routine looks when you are actually going to work is what we are going to build on.
Make use of your usual morning rituals and incorporate a little mindfulness into them.
The more you incorporate mindfulness into your day, the more productive you can be and this leads to greater feelings of joy, happiness and good health. The benefits are numerous - all from small and simple approaches.
To add to this, add a few minutes of meditation which can be done at any time of the day. The key is to build the time into your daily timetable. I would recommend scheduling a regular time so that you remain in a routine.
You may have started working from 8:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. you feel the need for a break. This is the perfect time to incorporate some slow breathing. It doesn’t have to take long. The key is to just make it a priority in your break time.
Stretch your legs, go for a walk around the house, or better still, go outside, in the garden or on to the balcony. Stretch your body. If the prospect of meditation is daunting, and you feel that you’ll need a half hour to complete this – I can guarantee that even 1 minute of focussed breathing will have a positive effect.
If you can, close your eyes and focus entirely on your breathing. If your mind wanders, just re-focus on your breathing. Keep doing this – eventually the thoughts will just come and go the more you work on this. You can set a timer so that you feel like you can let go and know when to stop.
Breathe in through your nose slowly to the count of five, and breathe out through your mouth to the count of seven. Do this a few times, as much as you feel comfortable. Take notice of how relaxed you feel.
These are just simple ways in which you can create a foundation for yourself to come back to at any time. It really is a wonderful tool that you can utilise anywhere and for any length of time – well beyond working from home.
If you like to schedule a guided meditation into your day, I can guide you through a meditation online. We can schedule a time, and this can be incorporated in your schedule. For more information, contact me through my website or any of my social media channels.
If you would like to have a chat with me to work out how I can help you achieve an achievable work/life balance with regards to your meditation practice, call me on 0413 311 870 or drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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From the time I started meditation, which was 10 years ago, I've experienced such a positive tool that has been a wonderful support.