As a patient coordinator at Keck Hospital of USC as well as a meditation and yoga instructor, I understand that the workplace is an environment that most of us experience at least five days a week. It is a place where we are required to perform to the best of our ability, whether we like to or not. The workplace consists of many different people, from different backgrounds, with different ideas. There is a certain dynamic that exists within a workplace that one must understand to survive and flourish.
Yoga is an ancient practice that has been used for thousands of years. Some of the first documented accounts of yoga are roughly 4,000 years old, but it was not until the early third and fourth centuries that yoga was codified into a practice. At this time, yoga became a practice that was based on a systematic approach to obtaining a goal, which for most was enlightenment or contentment in all things. Today, yoga has become a very popular athletic activity that has proven physical and mental benefits. Below I have provided some old yoga practices that can be equally beneficial to us today.
Listen to your coworkers or bosses. There is nothing worse at work than feeling unheard when one feels they have something to contribute. Listening is beneficial for both the talker and receiver. It will benefit you substantially to listen and receive.
2. Take five minutes to breathe.
Find a quiet space. Place your iPhone or Android on silent, close your eyes for five minutes and breathe. Doing this will create enough space to allow the body to relax so that you are able to work on resolving your issue. Even a five-minute space may be enough for the brain to reset and come back to relaxation.
3. Take a walk or stretch.
Go outside and walk around your building or stretch. Exercise can relax both the body and the mind. This can be especially healthy whenever you’re stuck in a moment. Even a short walk helps the mind and body to work through difficult situations we encounter on a daily basis while working.
4. Be Kind.
Go out of your way to be kind. At work it is easy to get wrapped up in our own commitments and timelines. Take a minute out of your day to show someone a smile or genuinely greeting. These simple gestures can have profound effects on someone else and yourself.
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