Stay Productive with Meditation Exercises You Can Do While at Your Desk

June 03, 2021

Meditating worker

It is natural and normal for professional work to become stressful at times, but if you're continually feeling on the verge of overflowing, establishing a mindfulness routine and incorporating it into your work schedule could help a lot. This will assist you in stopping before you experience true burnout, at which time you may lose all productivity and motivation for initiatives.

One great way to manage stress is to take regular, shorter breaks throughout the day to practice mindfulness and meditate. It is better to do that rather than cramming it all into one extended session. Small breaks throughout the day can help you be more productive.

Even when sitting at your desk, you can relax. Meditation's appeal is that it requires no special equipment and can be practiced practically anyplace. We will provide you some tips for meditating while sitting at your workplace in this article.

Incorporating Meditation and Relaxing Practices in Your Work Area

We can become mentally fatigued after a long day at the office. Even if we enjoy the work we do, sitting at our desks, bent over a computer, firing off emails, receiving calls, and giving our whole concentration to the job at hand can deplete our batteries. It might be tough to stay focused and productive when our reserves are low.

If you don't have time to go for a stroll, try these stretching exercises while sitting in your chair to relieve tension. Meditation is the best way to reset and recharge our internal clock. From morning to night, practicing meditation activities at your work can help you restore focus, serenity, and clarity.

Simple Practices to Calm You Down

Incorporating mindfulness into your workday is straightforward. These mindfulness activities can help you stay happier, calmer, and more focused at work, as well as improve your general mental health.

All you have to do is find a peaceful place and sit with your thoughts for a few minutes. It is also important to practice mindfulness regularly to build the habit.

Breathing with Awareness: Not Your Usual Breathing Style

An excellent way to start your day is to practice mindful breathing, which is a meditation method. At work, mindful breathing might be beneficial. Simply do the workout while seated at your desk a few times a day. 

Schedule a time when you can focus solely on your breathing for a few minutes. Inhale slowly, taking around three seconds to do so, and then slowly exhale. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.

Nothing else comes to mind except your breathing. When stray thoughts enter your head, simply push them out and keep your attention on your breath. During this practice, keep your mind as clear as possible.

Begin with two or three minutes of focused breathing and gradually increase to five to ten minutes. Use the lengthier bouts at the start and end of the day, with brief breaks at your desk for a few brief breathing sessions in between.

Finger Taps While Breathing

This is a basic concentrated breathing meditation you may do at your desk, with your eyes closed or focusing on anything dull. The finger tapping and counting are meant to divert your attention away from your current worries. It's the perfect amount of little thinking to bring your mind back to the present moment.

All you need to do now is sit comfortably with your hands on your lap. To relax, take three slow, deep breaths. As you inhale and count to five, press both pinkies into your lap, then hold your breath for a time. Exhale while counting down from five, then let go of your pinkies.

Continue the steps with each matching set of fingers until you reach your thumbs. Start with the thumbs and work your way backward to the pinkies.

Breathing Through Alternate Nostrils

Alternate nostril breathing can help you think more clearly, relieve tension, and integrate your right and left brain hemispheres. Simply close your eyes and sit comfortably. Place your right hand close to your face so that your right thumb can block the right nostril and your ring finger can block the left nostril (your index finger and middle finger can rest on your forehead) Close your right nose and inhale softly through your left nostril.

Breathe out through the right nostril after pausing and closing the left nostril. Inhale through your right nostril once again, pause, cover your right nostril with your thumb, and slowly exhale through your left nostril. Continue for two to five minutes before returning to regular breathing.

Body Stretches

It is as easy as getting out of your chair and focusing on your breathing to practice mindful stretching. Allow your shoulders to drop from the strained hours in front of your screen by taking a few deep breaths to minimize the carbon dioxide built up from shallow breathing.

While waiting for the kettle to boil, you can practice mindful stretching by stretching and noticing where there is tension. Rather than letting your mind stray to other things, such as the email we need to react to or the task we need to do, pay attention to the physical experience.

Workstation exercises can range from simple stretches to more intricate activities, and they typically have the same health benefits as regular routines. 

Conclusion

After creating an ergonomic work environment, you can go the extra mile to establish balance during the workday by engaging in body, mind, and soul rejuvenation activities. The exercises can be performed even while sitting at your desk or in the area adjacent to your Adjustable Standing Desk Pro Series from FlexiSpot.

Remember that everyone is unique, and stress manifests itself in various ways for different people. Continue to experiment with different breathing, meditation, and stretching techniques until you find one that suits you.

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