Managing Stress through Standing Meditation and Stretching

In this day and age, mental health and stress can have a negative impact on your work life and professional life. 

There are so many demands on people’s time and they overcommit themselves to doing many things at once in order to be seen as being efficient in the work place and appeasing people in their personal lives.

How it all Starts

It all starts out small by taking on more commitments at work, socially and at home.  At first, you will notice that you are getting great results and people will start to take notice and say good things about you.

Promotions will come and more will be expected of you, the extra things you do will now be excepted as the norm.

You will find that with having more to do, you will have less time to complete each task.  Instead of prioritising what is important and needs to be done first, you start multi-tasking in order to become more efficient and the quality of your work begins to suffer.  

Anxiety starts to creep in and you feel that you are not performing up to standard.

Before you know it, stress starts to impact on your workplace performance and home life in a negative manner. 

Symptoms will include, uncontrolled outbursts, feelings of hopelessness and loneliness, loss of appetite, increase in the consumption of processed junk food, weight gain and the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Before you know it you have to take leave from your work because you have ruined your two most important assets, your mental and physical health.

What Can You Do About It?

  • Acknowledge you have a problem.
  • Talk to someone about it.
  • Get help.
  • Develop a strategy to help cope with stress.

The Coping Strategy

The coping strategy that can be used is to use standing meditation first thing in the morning to clear and energise the mind to better prepare you for the start of the day. 

Then there is a night time routine where you relax the body and mind by having a protein shake, a shower then a 10-15 minute stretch combined with slow deep breathing before you go to bed. 

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This is designed to slowdown and relax the body and mind, ensure the body has nutrients so that you recover and replenish your energy levels for the next day.

Try this routine for 3 weeks and see how it makes a positive impact on workplace performance and managing stress, clearing the mind and recovery.

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