Staying Calm At Work: A Simple Guide

The daily grueling deadlines, bosses that seem to loom over you every waking second, the oftentimes dragged-out meetings, the long working hours that take up most of our days and the entire corporate set-up. Given that most people have three or more of these situations; it’s easy to see how everyone is so stressed in this results-based society, always hurrying to get from one place to another both physically and metaphorically.

And until a better work culture comes along and these situations are changed, we’re unfortunately stuck with it. So what do you do about it? How do you stay calm and focused when the feeling of someone looking at your work from behind you gives you anxiety? Or when the long meetings make you want to tear your hair out?

According to barrister Gillian Higgins, you face it head on with meditation and mindfulness. As an international crime lawyer who has represented heads of states, military leaders, politicians and former presidents, Higgins definitely has her share of work stress, which led her to finding calmness in meditation.

Per Higgins, meditation and being mindful has loads of benefits, all of which can contribute to being a better person both in and out of work. For example, being mindful helps you become more self-aware, which in turn lets you see yourself from a non-judgmental perspective, and see what works, and what can be better. This way, you can be more forgiving and compassionate for yourself, especially when you go through challenges and make mistakes. Meditation also lets you be more aware of your surroundings and adjust your reactions accordingly in a more peaceful manner. It can also help you notice when you’re about to be hijacked by an overwhelming emotion as well as let you understand people and their mindsets better.

The best way to start this is to do daily mindfulness practices, which are moments where you just choose to pause, breathe and be more aware of where you are in the present. So choose to give yourself a break and take it all in. You’ll both see the good and the bad, the way life is, and you can take it from there.

Meditate A new study found that transcendental meditation may improve emotional intelligence and reduce perceived stress in school staff members. Masaaki Komori/Unsplash