It’s the start of your workday, and in the first 30 minutes of sitting down to give that report your full attention, a colleague stops by your desk, your email notification pings, and you remember that meeting that started five minutes ago. As you struggle to remain calm, your heart is racing, your mind feels flooded, and that familiar feeling of overwhelm has started to creep in.
In this modern era, staying calm amidst the chaos has never been more challenging. We try to keep up by doing more, sleeping less, and replacing downtime with more “on” time. But it’s making us exhausted and sending us down the slippery slope to burnt out.
So what’s the best way to stay productive without losing it?
Unlock Your Competitive Advantage - Wakeful Calm
We believe the best way to deal with external pressures is by training the body and mind to be calm, wakeful, and focused. Not the kind of calm that makes you sleepy or zoned out; it’s a calm that allows you to be fully alert, minus the tension.
Your modern-day competitive advantage: Wakeful Calm. So how can you achieve this state?
1. Meditate: Create Strong Foundations
Yes, you’ve probably heard the buzz about meditation, and it’s true: brilliant things happen in calm minds. Meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce occasional stress, and also promotes subtle improvements in focus, attention, and your ability to ignore distractions (even in just three minutes a day).
2. Focus: Create a Ritual
Most of the population has so many things to do that they just dive head-on into their task list without much thought. Creating a focus ritual means that you religiously do 1-3 head-clearing activities (e.g. meditation, stretching, setting a positive intention) before starting anything.
3. Help Your Body Breathe
Tension is a natural part of life. But when it hits, get yourself on the front foot by helping your body to take a long, slow, deep breath. One of the most powerful ways we know how, is to incorporate some of mother nature’s goodness into your daily routine and gently help your body close all those open “tabs” in your mind.
The fact is, we don’t have much control over the pace of life. But what we do have control over is how quickly we can return to calm. Wakeful calm is an increasingly rare and valuable state to practice; it’s your ticket to better outcomes at work, in your relationships, and for your wellbeing. And what could be better than knowing you’re ready to tackle whatever life has in store with a feeling of confidence and calm?