3. Plan Your Meals
Your diet is fundamentally associated with living a vigorous, yogic life. Having the foresight to plan meals throughout the work week as opposed to succumbing to the relative ease of deliveries and drive-throughs instills discipline and provides the appropriate fuel to maintain overall health. Living in a more conscious way and giving your diet the attention it deserves is a central aspect of nurturing your inner equilibrium.
4. Make Time for In-Office Meditation
As a workforce, we spend far too many minutes reacting to external stimuli as opposed to responding to them. The capacity to switch from a reaction to a response is determined by one’s ability to self-regulate, which is a physiologically driven factor that can be harnessed with a regular yoga or meditation practice. Three to five times during the work week, designate a time to establish a relationship with silence and conscious breath. The ability to create a parasympathetic response in your body is easily triggered mentally and can do worlds for your inner-office self.
Shutting your office door or finding an unobtrusive location to spend as little as 11 minutes focusing and reflecting on a simple thought such as “let go” or “be here now” can provide that “centered” feeling we enjoy on vacation or during the weekend—smack dab in the middle of your work day. If feasible, take this practice a step further and sign up for a local yoga class near your self-storage facility so you can substitute your typical lunch hour for a 30-minute yoga tune-up series, and a smoothie on the go.
Everyone’s experienced the physiological reactions that accompany stressful situations at work—a racing pulse, sweaty palms and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. It doesn’t have to be that way. Setting aside time to self-regulate by creating a connection with your breath and silence can allay these physical responses and allow you to become far more objective and productive.
5. End the Day With a Grateful Mind
Before you retire at night, just as you set an intention for your day, you should ration five minutes for conscious, gracious reflection. Identify three things you were grateful for about that day and write them down. This practice involves the area of constructive self-talk, and cements the positive mindset that you’ll carry into the following morning. What you focus on you create more of, and by diverting your attention to what worked, chances are you’ll experience more of the same.
In a time of economic uncertainty and turmoil, business professionals are clamoring for operative ways to achieve an authentic inner balance. By incorporating these steps, you’ll begin to transform from the inside out and find the contrast that was once so stark between work and home are now blended into greater consistency. By virtue of the corporate yogi you’ve become, you’ll find success both within and without. Namaste.
Chris Walling, a speaker, consultant and former academic medical executive, operates Chris Walling Consulting, a business and personal consulting firm dedicated to empowering leaders to create innovative, creative solutions to today's complex and chaotic business environment. Having expertise in biomedical research and healthcare administration, the company help clients leverage their innate resources amid challenging times and uncertainty. For more information, visit www.chris-walling.com .