Maintaining mindfulness at work

De-stress at your day job with these simple techniques
 Maintaining Mindfulness at Work

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Mindfulness is the moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It helps people be truly present, more productive, and less stressed in life.

With so much going on in your life, it can be difficult to stay mindful and present in the workplace, especially if you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Here are 5 ways to practice and improve mindfulness:

Talking to Reduce Stress

1. Talk to others

Staying calm is one of the key ways to stay mindful and present. If you’re having a tough time, reach out to family members or close friends and coworkers. They may be able to offer assistance and support as you tackle your stress.

Stretching Exercises for MS

2. Stretch your body

Stretching is a popular way to reduce stress and stay in tune with your body. Practices such as yoga may improve your mood and decrease your anxiety. You can try several yoga-like stretches at your desk to become more mindful:

  • Shoulder rolls . Sitting upright, lift your shoulders to your ear, and slowly roll your shoulder around your back, away from your ear. Alternate left and right, and go slowly
  • Twist . In your office chair, swivel your thighs toward the right side of the chair so you are sitting diagonally on the seat, and hold
  • Leg extension . Grab your chair and, with a little space in front of you, stretch your legs out straight and hold it. Flex your toes forward to fully extend your legs

Check out some other yoga exercises from Yoga Instructor, Donna I .

Breathing Exercises for MS

3. Breathe deeply

Another technique is to tune out the world and just focus on your breathing. This may have a number of benefits to keeping mindful, including relaxing your muscles and heartbeat, and decreasing your blood pressure. Find a quiet place in your office, sit, and close your eyes. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and breathe out slowly through your mouth. Once you get the hang of it, deep breathing may be a very helpful way to de-stress and become more mindful.

Time Management for Stress Reduction

4. Organize your time

If you’re feeling chaotic and out-of-whack, try organizing your time. Time management may reduce your stress, helping you be more aware of your daily life and surroundings. One great way to start organizing your time is downloading a calendar application to your smartphone and organizing your priorities there. Apps can also send you helpful reminders when a meeting is coming up or a project is due. Since most people always have their phone with them, you don’t have to worry about missing something, giving you some peace of mind.

Vacation for Stress Relief

5. Take a vacation

Sometimes, if you’re really stressed at your job and are having a hard time staying mindful, all you need is a little break. A short vacation could help you “recharge your batteries.” If you can’t take a long time off work or afford to travel, you could just have a “staycation.” This is where you take off, stay at home, and do things you enjoy around the house. You may come back to work de-stressed and more mindful of your job.

By incorporating these methods into your daily life, you may be more focused and productive, and feel at ease during the workday. MS affects everyone differently, so it’s important to find a mindfulness routine that works best for you. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine or if you have any questions about being more mindful at work.

Looking for more ways to stay mindful? Check out Carrie P.’s video and see her tips for keeping a positive attitude while living with MS.

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