Emotional Wellness

The Mindful Journey: Exploring the Art of Meditation

November 4, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

You are here means you are ready to embark on this journey. The best way of experiencing meditation is actually to do it, not just talk about it. Meditation isn't always easy; some days, it's going to feel easy, while others might feel hard. But, no matter how uncomfortable it feels, you just need to stay with it every time. 

Your emotional wellbeing and overall health can benefit from meditation. It can bring you calm, peace, and balance. As a relaxation tool, you can refocus your attention on something calming when you're stressed. Mediation can also help you stay centred and find inner peace. Meditation might help you find the perfect work life balance if you work continuously. 

The most important thing is that you set yourself up in a place where you will be comfortable. You can either lie down or sit up. You definitely don't have to be sitting cross-legged on the floor. 

Let's Begin

The Mindful Journey: Exploring the Art of Meditation
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We're going to open our eyes and keep their gaze soft, just aware of the space around us. Now that you have your eyes softly focused, take a few deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in, notice how the lungs fill with air, and the body expands.

As you exhale, notice that your body softens. Inhale through your nose one more time. And this time, as you breathe out through the mouth, if you'd like to, just gently close the eyes. Let's just enjoy and appreciate the feeling that we've stopped and have nothing to do, nowhere to go.

Take a Moment to Feel Changes in Your Body

Notice the feeling of weight—the weight of the body pressing down against the seat or the floor beneath you. And take a moment as well just to notice your surroundings without looking around, just noticing the different sounds, not trying to shut them out. 

And use this opportunity as well just to notice how the body feels. We rarely pay attention to how our bodies feel. So is there a feeling of heaviness or lightness in the body? Is there a feeling of restlessness?

And as you bring your attention to the body, just starting to become more aware of that feeling, that movement of breath in the body. So, therefore, there is no need to breathe in any particular way.

Just allow the body to do its own thing. Some people feel the movement of breath in their chest, their shoulders. For some, it's in the diaphragm, and for some, it's in the stomach. Put your hand gently on your belly to feel that rising and falling sensation. Because you can't feel anything, you can't feel any movement.

"Meditation is not a way of making your mind peaceful. It is a way of seeing the peace that is already there." - Vimala Thakar

Put an End to Your Wanderings

The Mindful Journey: Exploring the Art of Meditation
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Again, thoughts are going to pop into your mind. The mind's going to wander. Just notice when the mind's wandered off, and just gently come back to the breath. To begin with, we're just noticing the breath in a very general way and perhaps starting to notice whether the breaths are long or short, deep or shallow. And we might find ourselves thinking either about the exercise or other things, just realising when that's happened, let those thoughts go, and come back to the breath again.

The body knows how to breathe—not getting involved in any thinking, just allowing the thoughts to come and go. If you notice your mind has wandered and you want to bring it back to the breath, gently bring it back.

So we'll stay with that feeling, a rising and falling sensation, for a few moments longer. And then, just for a moment now, let go of any focus, even of the breath now, and for a few seconds, let your mind wander.

Put Your Mind at Ease

The Mindful Journey: Exploring the Art of Meditation
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So your mind’s been wanting to think, you can let it think now. Just allow it to do whatever it wants to do. And now, just gently bring the attention back to the body. Just coming back now to that feeling of weight, that feeling of contact against the seat or the floor beneath you.

Perhaps noticing the sounds around you again. And whenever you feel ready, you can just gently open your eyes again. But before you move, just take a moment to notice how you feel in your mind body soul. The more often we do this after meditation, the more we're reminded of how much we need to pause in our life to take this time out for ourselves.

One Final Piece of Advice

If you can resist any temptation to analyse what's happened, the benefits, or anything else, just know that taking the time it's making a difference. But remember, before you get up, just remind yourself to take this satisfaction and sense of well-being with you into your life.

It is important to take time out, be still, and be silent to live a happy healthy life. And there are real benefits to that, but what really makes meditation valuable is how it influences our everyday life, relationships, and experiences.

Restful Living

7 Types of Rest to Avoid Burnout and Boost Productivity

July 1, 2023
Nitesh Padghan

We're all aware of the burnout epidemic. Those constant feelings of exhaustion, the creeping cynicism that taints our interactions, and the sinking sensation that we're no longer making a significant difference at work. 

As corporate wellness advocates, we've seen this all too often, and we're here to break the cycle. We believe in the power of proactive measures to reverse burnout's corrosive effects and supercharge productivity levels.

We'll guide you through understanding the holistic concept of 'rest.' Often, when we think of rest, we equate it with sleep. But rest is not merely physical; it has multifaceted dimensions that extend beyond the domain of sleep. 

This article aims to dissect these categories and provide a comprehensive guide to a balanced, well-rested, and productive lifestyle. Here are 7 types of rest and how they can help you reduce burnout and boost productivity.

1. Physical Rest - Beyond Sleep

When we think about rest, the first thing that likely comes to mind is sleep. However, physical rest goes beyond simply catching some shut-eye. It involves any activity that allows our body to rejuvenate and recover. Two main categories characterize this type of rest: passive and active rest.

Passive rest, as the name implies, involves actions that require minimal to no effort on our part. Quality sleep, power naps, or simply lying down and letting our bodies relax can significantly contribute to our physical rest quota.

In contrast, active rest is characterized by light activities that help in relieving tension and promoting muscle health. These could include stretching, light walks, yoga, or other low-intensity exercises.

Striking a balance between active and passive physical rest is the key to maintaining a healthy body and keeping burnout at bay.

"Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long." - Michael Gungor

2. Mental Rest - Quiet the Mind

Our minds are under constant bombardment from a plethora of information, thoughts, and ideas. This constant stimulation can often lead to mental exhaustion, and that's where the need for mental rest comes in. Mental rest involves quieting our minds, reducing mental chatter, and providing a sanctuary for our thoughts to relax.

Techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, or even a few moments of quiet introspection can significantly enhance mental rest. These activities allow our minds to break away from the relentless cycle of thoughts and help us attain mental clarity.

Regular periods of mental rest can lead to increased focus, improved decision-making, and a greater sense of calm and control.

3. Social Rest - Replenish Through Relationships

Social rest, contrary to popular belief, is not about distancing oneself from others. Instead, it's about investing time and energy into relationships that uplift, inspire, and resonate with us. It's about surrounding ourselves with positive energy that helps us recharge our social batteries.

This could involve deep, meaningful conversations with loved ones, enjoying shared hobbies, or even quiet companionship with people who understand us. These interactions are essential in maintaining our emotional balance and providing a sense of belonging and security.

Neglecting social rest can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and increased stress. Hence, prioritizing social rest is crucial to maintaining a healthy emotional balance and reducing burnout.

4 . Spiritual Rest - Connect with the Larger Reality

Spiritual rest goes beyond the bounds of religious practice. It's about feeling connected to something larger than ourselves. This connection can offer a sense of purpose, a feeling of deep understanding, and contribute to a more profound sense of rest.

Spiritual rest can take the form of participation in religious activities for some, while others might find spiritual rest through meditation, spending time in nature, or voluntary work. These activities provide a way to replenish our spirit, provide a sense of purpose, and promote inner peace.

The path to spiritual rest differs from person to person. Discovering what provides you with spiritual rest is a journey of self-exploration and reflection. Incorporating elements of spiritual rest in our daily lives can lead to improved mental resilience and a heightened sense of fulfillment.

5. Sensory Rest - Disconnect to Reconnect

We live in an age of overstimulation. Constant exposure to screens, noise, and crowds can lead to sensory overload. Sensory rest aims to mitigate this exhaustion by reducing the amount of sensory input we experience daily.

This could mean disengaging from digital devices, immersing oneself in silence, or spending time in nature. The essence of sensory rest lies in providing our senses with a break, thereby refreshing and rejuvenating them.

By prioritizing sensory rest, we can enhance our sensory awareness, increase focus, and foster a deeper connection with our surroundings. This not only helps in avoiding burnout but also improves our overall well-being.

6. Emotional Rest - The Freedom to Be Yourself

Emotional rest involves allowing ourselves to express our feelings freely and honestly, without judgment or fear of repercussions. It's about creating a safe space where we can be authentic and unguarded.

This could be achieved through conversations with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist. Journaling can also provide emotional rest as it allows a private outlet for our thoughts and feelings.

When we allow ourselves the liberty of emotional rest, we are essentially accepting our emotions without judgment. This acceptance can lead to greater self-awareness, improved emotional intelligence, and overall emotional well-being.

"Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It's about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them." - Kristi Ling

7. Creative Rest - Rekindling the Spark

Lastly, creative rest seeks to awaken and stimulate our sense of awe and wonder. It’s about letting our minds wander, inspiring new ideas, and breaking free from our usual thought patterns.

Creative rest could involve visiting an art exhibition, spending time in nature, or engaging with any form of beauty that inspires and stimulates you. It’s about allowing your mind the freedom to imagine, create, and dream.

By incorporating creative rest into our routines, we can nurture our innovative capabilities, enhance problem-solving skills, and add a spark of creativity to our everyday lives.

Finding the Balance for Holistic Wellness

Understanding these seven types of rest empowers us to approach our well-being from a multi-dimensional perspective. 

While each type of rest has its unique benefits, the true magic lies in maintaining a balanced mix of all seven. By doing so, we can enhance our productivity, stave off burnout, and lead a more fulfilled, balanced life.

Endnote From Experts

Implementing these concepts may seem overwhelming at first. It requires consistent effort and a deep understanding of each type. As corporate wellness experts, we can provide the necessary guidance and support to help you and your employees on this journey to improved well-being. 

With our tailored wellness programs and insightful webinars, we can help you incorporate these rest types into your corporate culture. Reach out to us, and let's work together toward creating a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace.

Mindfullness

Mindfulness Matters: How to Stay Steady during Storms

October 28, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

During these times of wars, illnesses, crimes, economic turmoil, and all the bad things happening around the world, it can be hard to regulate our worry and stop dwelling on worst-case scenarios.

This is where mindfulness meditation may be most beneficial. What is mindfulness, what are its advantages, and how can we incorporate it into our everyday lives?

Mindfulness: What Does It Mean?

Mindfulness Matters: Holding Steady in the Storm
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Mindfulness refers to focusing on the current moment without judgement. Our innate human capacity to be completely present without being overreactive or overwhelmed is known as mindfulness. When we practise mindfulness, we return our attention back to the present moment, enabling us to regulate our thoughts rather than the other way around.

Mindfulness is also the polar opposite of spending life on autopilot, which most do without even recognising. How can you know if you're in autopilot mode?

Do you find yourself ticking off task after task without taking a break? Do you often contemplate when doing something as simple as assisting your kid with homework? 

If you answered yes, it's time to embrace mindfulness. Pause for a minute. Take note of your child's giggles.

Find Your Peace in the Midst of the Turmoil and Enjoy Benefits Such As:

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Improved Emotional Stability

Studies, as well as our experts, suggest that attentive people manage stress better and avoid harmful coping mechanisms. They are aware of their own feelings as well as the emotions of others. Therefore, they approach events calmly and cope effectively with unexpected circumstances, ultimately leading a happy healthy life than those who don’t practice mindfulness.

According to research, those who practise mindfulness better manage anxiety caused by diseases, making it more relevant in our daily lives.

Better Professional Performance

Mindful meditation enables us to concentrate on one task at a time, reducing our tendency to get distracted. It also increases creativity by removing negative thoughts that stifle creative thinking.

Practising mindfulness helps us concentrate on the present and allows for better ideation, clear communication, and active listening —- all of which are valuable qualities to have a perfect work life balance.

Better Interpersonal Relationships

Mindfulness practice helps us create better ways of interacting with others. It teaches us to avoid emotional responses and approach every interaction with empathy and patience – something we could all use right now.

Overall, mindfulness is related to increased regard for people and their feelings, making it simpler for us to change our actions to better our relationships. This is especially true when it comes to having wellbeing at workplace as we start to deal with every situation mindfully. 

In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity." - Albert Einstein

Here’s How to Get Started With a Mindfulness Practice

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Set Your Intention for the Day:

Mornings are ideal for this, but if you can't, choose a time that works best for you throughout the day. Simply take these few steps:

  • Sit up straight with your spine relaxed, not stiff.
  • Take three slow, deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Consider your day's schedule and ask yourself what your purpose is.
  • Respond to the question and state your objective, which may include being kinder to yourself, eating well, getting certain tasks done, and so on.
  • Check-in with yourself throughout the day to make sure you're on track.

It is important to take frequent breaks while working since sitting continuously can be harmful to your health.

Pay Attention to the Sound:

When you are feeling nervous or upset, focusing your attention on the noises around you may be relaxing and centering practice. You just need to complete the following activities:

  • For a minute, sit comfortably with your eyes closed.
  • Focus on the sounds around you and identify them. For example, the clock ticking, the fan whirring, and the leaves rustling. 

After one minute, take some time to notice how relaxed and present you feel. Do this every day to enhance your general mental health.

Get Some Stretches In:

Need a quick boost when working from home? You may do the following as long as your chair has a back:

  • Put your left hand on your right knee.
  • Place your right arm on the chair's back.
  • Stretch gently.
  • Take note of the stretch; after 60 seconds, return your body to its original position.
  • Repeat on the opposite side.

Eat Mindfully:

Eat what you really want to eat, and don't rush through your lunch breaks. Take your time enjoying it. Be sure to pay attention to:

  • The different textures in your food
  • The time and effort put into putting it together
  • The explosion of flavours in your mouth

Dive Deep Inside Your Body:

It's easier than it seems. Close your eyes and:

  • Take note of any areas of your body where you experience tension; it might manifest as an ache or a tightness.
  • Bring your focus to a point in your body where you are not stressed.
  • Concentrate on the lack of tension as well as body sensations such as a steady pulse and a relaxed jaw.
  • Keep your attention on this for 10 seconds.
  • Consider that feeling extending throughout your body for another 10 seconds.
  • Return your focus to the initial source of tension in your body.
  • Focus on the difference if it feels different.
  • Repeat this practice many times, noting where and when the tension has eased so that the sensation might extend to the rest of your body.

Final Thoughts

You don't have to practise every single mindfulness method to feel better and more present. Experiment with various routines and strategies to see what works best for you and your schedule. After that, practise, practise, practise. We're going through a difficult period, but we'll emerge stronger.

Allow yourself to breathe, take a break, and be appreciative of the current moment in the meanwhile – it's the best any of us can do.

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