We have all heard how important diet and exercise are when it comes to our health. Consuming nutritious foods and getting a regular amount of physical activity can have tremendous benefits when it comes to fighting off diseases and having a higher quality of life. But did you know that stress can have just as much of an influence on your health? Studies have shown that stress can worsen or increase the risk of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and even depression and, asthma. But with our hectic schedules and various responsibilities, how can we not be stressed? This is where “Zen” comes in.
Zen began as a form of Buddhism with an emphasis on the values of meditation and intuition. It emphasizes that a person be aware, at peace, and free from the distractions of the material world. Ultimately, mastering Zen means that you are experiencing reality fully but not letting it stress you out! We experience many high-stress situations on a daily basis. Utilizing Zen can help you cope with these situations without skyrocketing your stress levels. And the good news is, you can even do it in the comfort of your own desk.
Creating a “Zen Den”
It has been shown in numerous studies that stress at work is by far the greatest source of stress for American adults. This trend has continued to worsen over the past few decades as workplace demands have increased. What better place to create a Zen Den? A Zen Den can be whatever you want it to be. It is a place for you to find a few minutes of calm among the chaos and just relax.
Below are several ideas to help you create a Zen Den of your own:
1. Stop and take some deep breaths. Inhale, then slowly exhale for twice as long as the inhalation. Repeat this process for a minute.
2. Put in headphones and listen to some music.
3. Find a room to stretch or just sit in silence for a few minutes to clear your mind.
4. Put up pictures of your family or friends on your desk or work area.
5. Close your eyes and focus on the positive; what went well today?