A Day in the Life of a Working Woman
It can be very difficult to remain in a zen state of mind when the easy-going, sweat-pants wearing, lounging, wine-drinking weekend comes to an end and the chaos of the work week begins. It can be an intense struggle to keep your yogic framework alive and well in a stressful work environment. Here are 8 ways to help keep a sense of zen in your crazy work week:
- Every time you think of it, STRETCH. You didn’t think you could do yoga in the rolly-chair in your office? You were WRONG. One of my favorites- I call it a “half-ass forward fold” (the profanity is much needed during the type of week we are discussing). Stay seated in your chair, drop your head and arms and let yourself hang, with your stomach touching your thighs, move your neck around, swing your arms back and forth if you like. The point is to just hang forward and be a rag doll. Let all of the tension that has built up in your neck and shoulders out!
- Make yourself a drink. Non-alcoholic of course. Bring your favorite tea to work, sip and enjoy it.
- Practice acceptance. When something happens that bothers you or someone says something to you that hurts your feelings or makes you angry, practice acceptance. Notice the way the person or situation makes you feel, feel the uncomfortable feeling or the subsequent emotions, watch them and accept them. That doesn’t make the situation okay, it just helps you to deal with your emotions in a healthier way and assists in creating a positive, productive response rather than an impulsive, thoughtless and emotional reaction.
- Music! Turn on your Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify…Whatever app you use for music and play something you like, I recommend something upbeat. It lightens the mood and helps your “work flow”.
- Take a look around. Every once in a while, take a few seconds to just look out your window, look around and notice what is outside. If you don’t have a window, then close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine an outdoor scene of your choosing. It gives your mind and your eyes a second to rest. Take a few breaths then get back to work!
- Reach out to someone. When its break time, lunch time or you have few personal moments to yourself, call one of your friends or family members and ask how they’re doing. Go into your co-workers office and ask how their weekend was (without interrupting their work-flow of course), send an email to a distant relative and tell them you’re thinking about them. Do something outside of yourself and make contact with someone you care about.
- Take a walk. On your lunch break instead of catching up on Facebook or Instagram, go outside and take a walk! If it’s cold, bring a jacket. If it’s raining, bring an umbrella. If it’s hot, bring sunglasses. If you’re wearing heels, bring flats. Just get outside, get your mind off of work and enjoy whatever nature the exterior of your office provides.
- In your travels to and from work, be present. Whether you drive, bike or walk, be present in your travel to your job. Pop your headphones in or turn on your radio- Listen to upbeat music or no music at all and just notice the sounds around you, the things that you see as you pass. Notice EVERYTHING. We get so used to seeing the same things every day we stop paying attention and stop noticing the beauty all around us. Even if it’s not a pretty drive, notice it, pay attention, be PRESENT!
So many times, we get caught up in the craziness of our days and forget to take notice of what is actually happening around us and we fail to pay attention to what’s going on with ourselves. It’s important to be IN the moment and to actually recognize and experience what is happening in the present. If we fail to do every work day, our lives will fly by and our days are over and gone before we know it. Take time to appreciate the good and the bad, whatever it may be that is happening in your day. Take time to evaluate how you’re feeling and take care of yourself. Be present, be patient and practice self-care and acceptance.
*Danielle shared this article as a contribution onYogiApproved.com
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