Sometimes getting a “Great job!” from your boss or your business partners comes at a great price. Perhaps you’ve been hustling and bustling, trying to keep up with the demands and expectations of your job, your clients, and the people you work with, that taking care of your inner health – your mind and soul – has been pushed to the back burner. “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” they say.
But in reality, our high-volume world has a significant impact on our health—from our emotions to our weight and to our mental well-being. How then do we strike the balance between performing well and living well?
Here are a few practical and useful tips to find zen in a noisy world:
- Install Headspace app on your mobile device
Headspace is an app-based meditation service that simplifies the meditation process for newbies and pros alike. It is best described as a “gym subscription for your mind” where you can begin living a happier and healthier life by just meditating for 10 minutes per day. The app offers a wide range of content including addiction, insomnia, and anxiety – to name a few. You may test the waters by signing up for a free trial first and if you find value in it, purchase a subscription package. The company behind Headspace was recently included in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017 list and has earned more than 500,000 subscribers. If you’re from NYC, you might have already seen their motivational ads all over the subway.
- Enroll in meditation studios
While many companies in America are now adopting a more unconventional approach to creating workspaces for their business by adding in specific areas where employees can just take a breather and relax. Target, Google and Intel are just some of the big leagues already on the train towards integrating mindfulness and meditation programs in their offices.
But for those of you who don’t have these options at work, you may want to consider enrolling in meditation studios. These types of spaces are growing more popular and popping up like mushrooms in wellness mecca Los Angeles as well as in NYC.
These meditation studios offer a wide selection of meditation-focused classes with varying themes such as breath and movement to mantra and emotions. Some of these studios even offer video series on mindfulness that you can watch or listen to at home or on-the-go – definitely a convenient way to keep your inner zen in check.
- Pick up a good book
Nothing better than a great story to escape reality for a few hours and immerse yourself into fantasy and fiction through the eyes of someone else. For a quick fix of zen in this noisy world, sift through your digital pile of unread books (or it could be a physical pile, too) and start reading. If fiction’s not your cup of tea, there are a lot of highly rated self-help books you can pick up in your local bookstore or online. If you’re reading digital books, just make sure you go on airplane mode or else you’ll be tempted to click on those annoying notifications!
If you’re not a bookworm, consider getting an adult coloring book and a pack of coloring pencils. It’s a fun and trendy way to promote mindfulness while stimulating your creativity as well.
Declutter your life and mind and give yourself some breathing space. There are a handful of mobile apps now aimed towards ‘digital detox’ where you can unplug from your connection (or addiction) with technology and help you more mindful of the 2 hours you usually spend scrolling through Pinterest or Facebook.
Researches have already been conducted regarding the practice of digital detox and studies have shown improvement in sleep, relationships, and posture resulting from a controlled, mindful use of technology.
Now, of course, there is no one size fits all to finding your zen as every human mind is different from the other, but don’t be afraid to take baby steps towards mindfulness and inner calm.
Check out the original post on finding zen in a social world from Kworq Blog.
What are some of the practical ways you’re weeding through the noise in your life? Share them with us in the comments below!