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Mindfulness, meditation, relaxation – A moment of peace amid the anxiety

10 minutes of relaxation, meditation, or mindfulness twice per day.

Read an article about the meditation app maker Headspace today. The co-founder noted that twice a day they partake in a 10-15 minute mindfulness break.

As in, everybody stops fretting about, they collectively breathe, they allow their shoulders to drop, they allow their brains to relax, they regain perspective.

We should be taking notes.

Here’s why:

Things are, like, really weird right now.

We are trying to work in a new way, while a pandemic rages, while our kids are at home, while our partners have been laid off, during a contentious election season, and on the day that Van Halen died.

We are experiencing all flavors of stress and anxiety, and we are constantly dealing with other people who are also experiencing all flavors of stress and anxiety.

It’s rough right now. So much is out of our control.

But what is in our control is our ability to detach for a few moments. Whether via meditation, a walk, or simply sitting outside and breathing deep, we have the ability to regain our sense of agency and, maybe, a moment of peace.

Take care of yourself.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Habits | Resilience

Published on October 6, 2020

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