By Chris Walling
The pressures of a fast-paced work environment are inextricably linked to stress, which can have a big influence on your personal and professional life. Whether it’s the weight of achieving monthly self-storage sales benchmarks or overseeing a large project at your facility, finding avenues to mitigate these stressors of the job should be a top priority for any working professional.
There has been a tremendous rise in the popularity of yoga and meditation, as 15.9 million Americans are recognizing the benefits of incorporating a mind-body practice into their work routines. Forming a healthy balance between the personal and professional begins with establishing an inner equilibrium and adopting a meditation or yoga practice that immediately promotes stress relief and cultivates greater resilience, as well as supports overall health.
There’s no reason you shouldn’t look forward to work days as much as weekends. By employing the five following practices, you can begin to alleviate the daily physical and mental strains associated with the business sector.
1. Carve Out Time for Yourself in the Morning
Working professionals have become accustomed to the get-up-and-go routine that’s synonymous with the U.S. work culture. The day begins with a flurry of alarms, quick swigs of coffee and a hasty shower before it’s off to work. While many individuals have come to accept these cursory starts to their morning as an unfortunate but integral part of their work week, the reality is rushing out the door sets the tone for a day wrought with tension.
Preserving time upon awakening allows you to focus on what needs to be accomplished in the hours ahead and reconcile your daily aims. As soon as your feet hit the floor, begin with some simple isometric stretching, which aids in resolving somatic stress and loosens your limbs. Allot ample time to go about your regular morning routine, which will establish a pacing for the rest of the day. There’s an intrinsic aversion to setting the alarm a bit earlier to earmark extra time, but the immediate payoff throughout the work day far outweighs the 15 minutes or so spent sleeping.
Yogis call this a sadhana, or a daily morning practice. No matter what you call it, it’s an evidenced-based approach to establishing greater balance by consciously creating time in a world where there seems to be so little.
2. Establish a Daily Intention and Write It Down
Structure is a key component to attaining balance, so each and every morning should include a definitive intention for the day. After completing your waking-stretching routine, set aside a few moments to outline your goals for the day. This process can be as simple as identifying a few objectives for the work day and making a mental note, or composing a list in a planner or notebook.
The point is, simply blind-firing your way through the day leads to a lack of motivation and purpose, and can ultimately snowball into fatigue and exhaustion. Your intention can be as simple as to be helpful to others, or more complex such as starting or finishing a long-awaited project. Writing it daily allows you to commit to it beyond thinking and move you into doing.