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Make Everyone At The Office Happy By Installing This

Make Everyone At The Office Happy By Installing This

Let’s face it, however positive and upbeat your office environment is, your employees will still suffer from stress from time to time. These stresses can come from a myriad of sources, including: overwork, pressure of deadlines, and lack of proper breaks.

For example, your sales team may be close to their end of quarter and is committed to delivering the best results possible. While this is a worthy goal, the team members run the risk of pushing themselves too far and leaving themselves drained of energy and filled with tension.

It’s at times like these that all your employees can be negatively affected.

It’s not new that stress can lower productivity or even work quality

One of the symptoms of stress, is that it can lead to lower productivity. This means that if many (or all) of your employees begin to show signs of stress, then you can be sure that your company’s overall productivity will take a hit.

If you’ve become aware that your employees are suffering from stress, then it’s time to take some action to reduce or eliminate this burden.One great way to do this, is to introduce your employees to the positive benefits of meditation. Research shows that people who meditate regularly are likely to experience the following benefits:

  • An enhanced ability to focus.
  • An improvement in memory.
  • Less fatigue.
  • An increase in perception.
  • A reduction in stress.[1]

These are just a small selection of the benefits that meditation can offer, and it makes perfect sense that meditation is a great tool for boosting employees’ performance. (And in turn, a boosting of the overall performance of your company.)

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Imagine for a moment, that your employees took a 5-10 minutes daily break from their work to practice meditation. Not only would they and your company see an uptick in productivity, but your employees would also naturally enhance their self-discipline. They would also find it easier to maintain a positive mindset.[2]

What Exactly Is the “Stop, Breathe & Think” App?

    Hopefully, I’ve given you enough reasons to ignite your interest in making regular meditation part of your office environment. You may now be thinking: “What’s next? How can I introduce meditation to my employees?”

    Well, here at Lifehack, we’ve come across a great app call Stop, Breathe & Think. We believe the app is the ideal way to kick-start regular meditation sessions in an office environment.

    While the app is available as an Android or iOS download, these are primarily for personal users. When it comes to office meditation, then Stop, Breathe & Think is available as a handy Slack plug-in.

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        Once activated on your Slack account, Stop, Breathe & Think will allow individuals or groups to schedule mindfulness activities. These activities include:

        • Short breaks to facilitate recuperation of mind and body.
        • Breathing exercises to condition thoughts, emotions and reactions.
        • Personalized meditations to help bring overall peace and harmony.

        How the App Will Help Your Employees Become More Productive

        With the huge weight of research showing the benefits of meditation, the Slack plug-in is the perfect way to help your employees to get started with this positive habit.

        Let’s take a look now at some of the great features that the app offers.

          App users can learn the basics of meditation – and try different types.

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            By choosing how they are feeling at the time, the app guides users to the most suitable meditation.

              Meditations are timed so that users can fully relax, knowing that the app will alert them once their scheduled meditation time is complete.

                The app also enables users to see how their emotional state has fared over the course of a week, month or beyond.

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                  Fun, and easy-to-follow pictorial steps encourage users to complete regular meditations.

                  A Healthy Office Environment Can Lead to a Healthy Company Performance

                  The daily stresses of work can often lead to a build-up of anxiety and tension in employees. This can then have a knock on effect on your company’s performance.

                  Fortunately, the opposite – a healthy, upbeat working environment, can boost employee momentum and productivity. And this naturally leads to overall performance gains for your company.

                  With the help of Stop, Breathe & Think, your company won’t need to allocate a big budget (and find extra time) to organize leisure events and other stress relieving activities. Instead, the app will effortlessly help your employees be calmer, happier and more motivated.

                  So, why not give it a try?

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                  30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                  30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                  In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                  1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                  Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                  2. Focus on your breath

                  Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                  3. Get organized and purge old items

                  A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                  4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                  Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                  5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                  Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                  6. Smile more

                  Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                  7. Don’t worry about the future

                  As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                  8. Eat real food

                  The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                  9. Choose being happy over being right

                  Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                  10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                  Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                  11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                  You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                  12. Get comfortable with silence

                  When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                  13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                  So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                  14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                  Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                  15. Speak more slowly

                  Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                  16. Don’t procrastinate

                  Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                  17. Buy a coloring book

                  Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                  18. Prioritize yourself

                  You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                  19. Forgive others

                  Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                  20. Check your expectations

                  Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                  21. Engage in active play

                  Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                  22. Stop criticizing yourself

                  The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                  23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                  Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                  24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                  Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                  25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                  Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                  26. Manage your money

                  Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                  27. Stop trying to control everything

                  Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                  28. Practice affirmations

                  Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                  29. Get up before sunrise

                  Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                  30. Be yourself

                  Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

                  Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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