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Mindfulness at work? Are you kidding me?

  • 1.  Mindfulness at work? Are you kidding me?

    Posted 3 days ago
    I ran across this article, 10 mindfulness exercises you can add to your daily routine, and it includes "Mindfulness at your desk" for just 5-10 minutes. I don't know about you, but mindfulness is pretty much the last thing I'm able to do while working--there's so much going on! Who has time for mindfulness? I'm busy DOING!

    Well, mid-afternoon today I noticed I was in a slump...mentally and physically. I had just finished some intense spreadsheet work and my body had sunk into my chair and my laptop, and my brain was like, "Ok, I think I'm done now."

    I knew I needed a pick-me-up, but caffeine is not an option for me because it triggers migraines. Instead, I tried the mindfulness at my desk exercise from this article. I gave myself five whole minutes, and it actually worked! I felt refreshed and energized afterward. It's a little magical. I was also inspired to write this discussion post to share with my fellow Connectors! 

    Do you practice mindfulness in any areas of your life? Are you willing to give one of the 10 exercises in the article a try (mindful tea drinking sounds pretty awesome)? How about mindfulness at work--is it do-able or impossible? @KEVEN MATTHEWS @Nicole Daines @Amanda Gose @Lindsay you have any experiences to share? I'd love to hear from others, as well!​​​​

    Maria Liccardo

  • 2.  RE: Mindfulness at work? Are you kidding me?

    Posted 2 days ago
    @Maria Liccardo,

    I've been feeling a little anxious and have been taking 5 minutes breaks to simply breathe and let my brain re-connect with my body while listening to calming music through my headphones. I stumbled across composer Brian Crain who I have been listening to a lot lately, even when I'm not practicing mindful breathing. 

    Recently my 4-year old came into my office and asked me why I was listening to such sad music, which made me chuckle. I told him it was my calm music, and 5 minutes later, he was on the floor beside my chair, fast asleep. (Kid tested, mother approved. Mindfulness works! Sometimes too well!)

    If anyone has any additional suggestions in practicing mindfulness as well as calming sounds/artists I should listen to - please send them my way! 

    Amanda Gose