Meditation is a practice that encourages drawing awareness to the present moment without judgment. Practicing meditation can help reduce stress and its negative effects on health such as hypertension, inflammation, and a weakened immune system to name a few. The great thing about meditation is that it can be practiced anywhere! Try these mindfulness exercises at work without even leaving your desk!
Observe Your Breath – Observe inhalations and exhalations with eyes closed, and be aware of physical sensations while doing so.
Soothing Visions – Practice visual meditation using the computer to rotate between soothing wallpaper images. Choose calming images like waterfalls, sunrises, mountains, and forests.
Relaxing Music – Take a 10-minute break to listen to soft instrumental music that induces a calm state of awareness.
Guided Meditations – Guided meditations are helpful for beginners who need assistance focusing on the present moment and finding a calm state of mind. Try the apps Guided Mind and Get Some Headspace.
For more assistance with stress, clients can contact ACI Specialty Benefits’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or CORE Wellness at www.acispecialtybenefits.com.