When we catch ourselves wrapped too tightly in the middle of our workday or workweek, we need to recognize the stressors and bring our body and mind into quiet to regroup. The best way to remove stress, and the “stress response” is to reteach our body and mind to be quiet.
One of the best ways a company, or work space, can facilitate in this process is to have a room dedicated to quiet, with set rules to be respected by all, and a space that attempts to bring the healing properties of the outdoors indoors, into the office. Some call it their “Serenity Room”. Others may call this a Wellness Room.
This space should be comfortable, inviting and uncluttered. There should be no electronic devices in the space. There should be a place to leave shoes at the door. There should be a variety of seating, including seating on the floor (floor mats or pillows) for those who wish to meditate for five or 10 minutes. Fresh air through open windows would be nice.
These rooms are also wonderful to have in your home.
The key is avoiding interruption. When you are stressed, and feeling your heart rate increase, or notice shallow breathing, you need to interrupt it. Remove yourself from the situation, and go somewhere quiet to breathe deeply and slowly, clearing your head of the clutter or problem. Just focus on your body and being still for a few minutes. As you do this more frequently, your body and mind respond faster and faster, and soon you will be able to bring yourself out of a stress situation instantly upon recognition…and as your progress further, you can actually avoid getting stressed altogether. Try it!