HOW TO EAT MINDFULLY
Slow down your eating and really experience the flavours, textures and sensations.Almost one quarter of all the food we eat is forgotten in an instant. This is because we are eating while focusing on an entirely separate task. Whether we’re racing between office appointments, working furiously to meet a deadline, managing a complex family schedule or just lounging in front of the TV, for many of us food is just fuel for the engine and disappears. We get hungry, distracted, stressed and harried, all cueing the body to want food – right now. Food is pulled from handbags, drawers, vending machines, the fridge or the back of the pantry. The eating and the food disappear in the blur of distraction, gone and forgotten.The opposite of this is mindful eating. Mindful eating is when a person stops and gives the majority of their thoughts and time to the actual act of eating. It requires habits that break up the continued stresses and distractions of the day, requiring time out to stop and purposefully eat. Mindful eating requires decisions and habits to be formed about when to eat, what to eat and how it might be prepared.
1. Take a break and move away from your desk or lounge.
2. Purposefully move to another room to sit and eat.
3. Make meals that require more preparation than just peeling a wrapper.
4. Eat meals, not snacks.
5. Eat slowly and savour the flavour.
6. Eat with other people.
7. Practise remembering everything you ate yesterday.Soothe those office stresses, connect with your coworkers, and create an enriching, fulfilling work environment.
MINDFULNESS AT WORK – How to avoid stress achieve more and enjoy life
Explore the principles of mindfulness and the role it plays in reducing stress, improving productivity and boosting enjoyment at work. “Mindfulness can help us to transform our working lives into something that really fulfils us, rather than merely something that we have to do or that we are paid to do,”
There are seven general mindfulness principles that I suggest can be introduced into our workplace, helping to shape our everyday reality into the one we want to be in.
Allowing ourselves the time to learn and discover who we really are – rather than identifying ourselves with who we think we are – can help us enormously in our work. Mindfulness empowers us to understand that we all have a unique talent to offer the world, and discovering who we really are and how we can best express it will influence the work we do.
“We all know that a champion team will beat a team of champions any day or night, and this is because of their unity,” By being mindful of our connection to others and recognising those around us, we can all help each other to work better and more enjoyably.
At the heart of truth is open-mindedness. Be prepared to be proven wrong, embrace ideas that aren’t your own and acknowledge that truth can be found anywhere.
How often do we do one task while thinking about something else? Scan emails while eating food, make phone calls while glancing over paperwork… How much better, more engaged and more resonant would aspects of our life be if we maintained our awareness and consistently connected with what we were doing? The workplace is a great opportunity to practise being present and not distracted.
“Our motivation is the key to how well we will do in any job, and it’s vital that our motivation is to meet the needs of the person with whom or for whom we are working, rather than meeting our own ideas about our needs at the expense of the person we are serving,” It’s a common belief that giving is better than receiving, and giving service with attention, care and generosity is the most rewarding.
Reason can play a key role in our job by helping us work in line with everyone’s best interests, not just our idea of our own best interest. Act on the basis of reason; don’t act out of selfishness.
Experiencing all aspects of our working life as if they were brand new can be a productive, enjoyable approach to our job. Instead of dragging ourselves through the day and seeing everything as a repeat of the day before, search for the wonder in what we do and the people we work with.Want to learn more about how mindfulness can improve your working life.