The Ultimate Productivity Booster
A day in the life of our digital agency can be quite busy - juggling to-dos, projects and the like, it can be a case of workplace overload. We love what we do though, and the people that we help on the daily - so we thought we'd let you in on a secret way that we manage the business while maintaining a wholesome lifestyle. Believe it or not, it's Meditation.
Over the past year and a half, since our Bronwyn took off to the birthplace of Yoga - in Rishikesh, India, to complete her 200 HR yoga teacher training with Himalayan Master, Yogrishi Vishveketu - we've learned to adopt a few yogic practices into our daily life. Meditation is accessible to everyone, and can be practised in quiet or noisy environments - perfect for busy business!
Here's a quick example: Take a moment to notice the rhythm of your breath right now - perhaps it's heavy and irregular at its peak. But notice the changes when you begin to deepen the breath: inhale for about six counts and exhale for about six counts. The heart rate slows down, the mind begins to focus, and stress slowly evaporates as the attention is drawn to the breath, ultimately allowing you to let go.
Meditation can change your life, and although that's quite the statement, it has worked wonders for us! It improves the immune system, stimulates creativity & productivity (need we say more?!), draws you back to the present moment, reduces blood pressure, stress and anxiety, but most importantly, it makes you FEEL good!
You may be asking yourself - how do I meditate? Well, we have the answer with some steps from our Yogi expert to get you started, read on:
1. Find a comfortable, quiet space to sit. If you have back issues, you can sit on top of a pillow with your back against the wall.
2. Place the palms on top of your thighs, hands can rest in between the legs, or join your thumb and index finger to touch in Jnana (a mudra to promote concentration) and rest the backs of your hands on top of your thighs
3. Close your eyes
4. Begin to focus on deepening the breath. Notice the sensations throughout the body as the breath takes you on a journey. How it rises from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head; and then melts from the crown of your head down to the tips of your toes.
5. If the mind is still busy, don't worry, this is quite normal, just continue to draw yourself back to the breath.
6. Begin with 1 minute every day, and gradually build the time as your focus grows.
7. Meditation doesn't have to be practised in silence - music, sounds, and even a guided meditation can be incorporated. You can also find some handy Meditation apps that may best suit your needs in developing a ritual practice.
There you have it folks, just some insight from your friends at Answermen, letting you in on how we keep it together! Give it a try, we promise it'll be the best decision you've made all year!