Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)James Baraz, author and mindfulness teacher

In this fast-paced, technology-driven world we find ourselves constantly busy. Our minds are never at peace and we feel our thoughts are racing at all times. We have truckloads of work piled on us, added with the constant distraction of people and gadgets. How do we give ourselves a break amid all this chaos? 

Here are a few tips and techniques on managing your stress:

  • Tip 1: Minimise distractions: An important way to give peace to your mind is by turning off notifications on your laptop and phone. Check emails only thrice a day and control the urge to check emails every five minutes. Put your phone on silent when working on something urgent and important, this will help bring focus to your thoughts and you will feel a sense of peace and achievement. 
  • Tip 2: Managing workload: Delegating work to your employees will help reduce your workload and your stress levels. Trying to control everything around you adds unnecessary pressure to an already overworked mind. 
  • Tip 3: Do nothing: Sit quietly for at least five minutes a day - no peeking into your phone, no sneak peek at Netflix, or whatever else that distracts you. Stare into the horizon with a blank mind.
  • Tip 4: Meditate: It is difficult to control the constant stream of thoughts racing through our mind. But it is possible to view the thoughts without any emotion or judgement. Being aware of your mind, body and breath is a preventative technique to managing stress.
  • Tip 5: Eat right and sleep well: We all love the fried samosas and the jalebis but unfortunately, they don’t contribute to our well-being. Eating right has healing effects on your mind and body. Try eating low sugar and high-protein diet. Sleeping well is another important factor. Sleeping peacefully at night has a rejuvenating effect that is much needed to manage our stress. If you are someone who tosses and turns at night; breathe deeply to calm your thoughts. 

Come and practice some techniques to achieve mindfulness in the workshop ‘The Well You – Managing Stress through Mindfulness’ on Friday 19 February, 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. By the end of the session, you will understand how to eliminate stress at work and understand what mindfulness is and some useful techniques to achieve the same.

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