Work can get stressful, but the last thing you want is to forfeit socializing to spend time reflecting on how hard your day was. That’s why we’ve come up with a few meditation techniques for the girl on the go. Now, instead of spending your commute checking your watch or your lunch hour stress-eating jellybeans (we’ve all been there), you can tone down the anxiety with just a few simple go-tos.
1. Breathe deep
Wouldn’t you know it: the number one meditation technique is something that you actually need to do constantly to live. But don’t be surprised by the link between breathing deeply and feeling grounded. By taking a few minutes – or even seconds – just to focus and take about five deep breaths, you’re allowing more oxygen to circulate in your system, and you’ll lower your heart rate. And the best part is, nobody even knows you’re doing it.
2. Take five minutes to yourself
No, this isn’t about scrolling through Pinterest or even curling up with a book – meditation techniques may only take a few minutes, but they call for a complete reprieve from everything. You can even do this at lunch: instead of rushing down to the coffee shop or warming up what you brought from home, head outside for five minutes and have a seat. Don’t use your phone, and take a few deep breaths. You’ll come back to work feeling refreshed, centered and much calmer.
3. Surround yourself with comforting scents
Countless studies have proven that smell can resonate in a way nothing else can, so make sure your home – and more specifically your bedroom, where the space should be conducive to relaxing – boasts the kind of scents you find comforting. This doesn’t mean you have to stack your room with candles: fresh cut flowers or a laundry sheet can have just as much an effect, while even opening the windows will deliver the much-needed fresh air countless candle companies try to recreate. Suddenly where you live will become the perfect platform for DIY meditation techniques.