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Tips for Finding Calm in the Middle of Your Day

Tips for Finding Calm in the Middle of Your Day

Author: SNI Companies/Tuesday, May 11, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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We’ve all been there. Having one of those days where everyone and everything needs your attention. You’ve got a million things to do and having a work freak-out moment is not one of them. If chaos is the theme of your day, and you don’t even know where to start, take a look at the tips below to find some peace and sanity. 

2-Minute Gratitude Practice
While taking a break may not seem like an option when you’ve got a long list of things to accomplish, it may be a necessary step. Set your timer for a 2-minute break to center yourself and remember what matters and warms your heart. Begin by feeling your feet on the floor, gently close your eyes and focus on your breathing, then think about what brings you joy in life and all that you have to be grateful for. By the time the 2 minutes are up, you’ll find you’re able to go back to your day and your to-do list in a more grounded and efficient manner.

5-4-3-2-1 Coping Technique
If you need a super quick and effective exercise to help bring you back to a state of calm, think about trying the 5-4-3-2-1 Coping Technique. Sit down, slow your breathing, then notice:
5 things you can see around you (such as a painting, the trees outside, your hands, etc.)
4 things you can physically feel around you (this could be your chair, an object on your table, etc.)
3 things you can hear around you (maybe this is music playing in the background, the sound of rain outside, etc.)
2 things you can smell around you (perhaps the coffee you have nearby, an unlit candle, etc.)
1 thing you can taste (this could be a piece of gum or the lingering taste of your last meal/snack, etc.)  

Go for a Quick Walk
Sometimes you just need to clear your head and a great way to do that is to change your environment and move your body. Getting outside for even 10 minutes and going for a quick walk around the block can give you the perspective and clarity you need to think about what tasks are the most important and the best way you can go about getting them done.

When we are busy, the last thing we think we can do is take a break; however sometimes stepping away is exactly what we need to do. If you’re sitting at your desk, spinning your wheels and feeling like you’re not accomplishing much while at the same time stressing out about all that you need to do, just take a step back and try one of the above activities (or even all of them). It doesn’t need to take long to get back to a more relaxed and productive state.

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