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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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                  Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                  What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                  What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                  Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

                  You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

                  This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

                  What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

                  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

                  Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

                  There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

                  How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

                  When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

                  Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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                  1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

                  One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

                  The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

                  Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

                  2. Be Honest

                  A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

                  If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

                  On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

                  Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

                  3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

                  Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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                  If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

                  4. Succeed at Something

                  When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

                  Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

                  5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

                  Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

                  Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

                  If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

                  If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

                  Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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                  6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

                  Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

                  You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

                  On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

                  You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

                  7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

                  Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

                  Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

                  Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

                  When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

                  Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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                  In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

                  Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

                  It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

                  Final Thoughts

                  When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

                  The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

                  Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

                  Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

                  Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

                  More Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem

                  Featured photo credit: Cata via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
                  [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
                  [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
                  [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
                  [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
                  [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
                  [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
                  [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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