7 Ways To Be More Mindful At Work
We’ve all have those days at work where nothing seems to be going right. Your computer keeps freezing, you spilled coffee on your blouse, and you completely forgot to prepare for that important meeting that’s coming up in five minutes. When that happens, you’re probably as far from a mindful state of being as you can possibly be.
And then there are the days where you have all the time in the world to get work done, but you keep watching fail videos and searching for Usher’s naked snapchat pic instead (I can’t be the only one who did, right?). In either of the situations I just mentioned, there’s a distinct lack of mindfulness going on in your day.
Whether you’re a 9-5er, business owner, blogger, or student, we often don’t think about being mindful at our desks, even though we spend the majority of our time working there.
Luckily, there are a few simple tools you can use to turn your desk into a zen space and help keep your mind a little more blissful! Here are 7 of my favorite products and apps that I use to stay mindful during the workday:
One of the ways I stay focused and present at work is to have different essential oils going through a diffuser like this one at my desk. Essential oils have so many benefits depending on the kind that you use, and they’re perfect for keeping you grounded and promoting a positive mindset during the day.
Not sure which essential oils to try? If you need to calm down, try lavender or chamomile. If you need to concentrate and focus, rosemary or eucalyptus will help. And if you need a creative boost, one of my absolute favorite essential oils is this Creative Juice Blend by Aura Cacia.
Limitless is a Chrome extension that keeps track of how long you spend on certain sites. It definitely gives you a reality check on where your time is going, and it also gives you productivity tips so you can use your time more wisely.
I also love it because you can set yourself goals, start a to-do list, save notes on the notepad, and get an inspirational quote every time you open a new tab. If you’re looking to get more intentional with your time during the workday, Limitless will quickly become your best friend.
I’ve recently gotten back into using my planner every single day, and it’s keeping me 98% sane right now (I’m not sure I’ll ever really be 100% sane). Even though I’m the kind of person who likes to plan things out while keeping life flexible (read about how I do that here), my planner has become by BFF lately.
I’m obsessed with my Refresh Weekly Planner because it splits each day up into appointments and to-do items, plus every week gives you a section to write happy things like what you’re grateful for. My advice is to find a planner that helps you stay sane throughout the day and keeps the level of overwhelm down to a minimum.
P.S. Unfortunately the Refresh Planner is no longer available, but Jenna has some fantastic mini-planners for blogging, meal, workout, and devotional planning for sale in her Etsy shop.
I’m a tea addict, through and through. I have a gigantic box at my desk filled with a variety of teas, as well as three different mugs, which I’m pretty sure is totally unnecessary.
If you’re starting to get stressed out at work, try brewing a cup of Honey Lavender Stress Relief or Chamomile with Lavender instead of grabbing another coffee, and follow along with this tea meditation to get the mindful vibes flowing. Sidenote: if you want more tea recommendations, be sure to follow me on snapchat! My username is theblissfulmind!
When work starts to get overwhelming and frustrating, try a quick meditation with an app like Calm or Headspace. All it really takes is 5-10 minutes to get your stress levels down, clear your head, and get you in a more mindful state for the rest of the day.
If you can, try meditating outside so you can get a healthy dose of fresh air that you probably don’t get within your office space. If not, just find an empty room or even the restroom if your options are limited. Taking the time to give yourself a little mental break is such an important habit to keep. If meditation seems intimidating or you don’t think you’ll be able to do it, here are 5 tips that make meditation a little easier.
Oils & Mists
When I’m not diffusing essential oils at my desk, you better believe I’m spraying the air with some kind of hippie mist or rolling an oil on my wrists. I’m definitely one of those people who loves a good smell.
Lately, I’ve been into this Chakra Balancing Aromatherapy Roll-On as a pick-me-up when the day gets stressful, or I’ll use a mist like this Enlightened Creations Intuitive Mist that helps you tune into your intuition and focuses the mind. Adding products like these into your work routine can help you get into a zen state of mind in a matter of seconds.
ZenPen is a minimal text editor that helps you write without getting distracted. I personally love it for writing blog posts because it’s so simple and gives me space to actually write what I need to without the temptation of unnecessary buttons.
If you spend a lot of your workday writing, or even if you’re a student writing a paper, ZenPen is one of those tools that will definitely help you stay focused on your work. A focused mind is a blissful mind!
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