Mindful Actions Re
“I feel like Wonder Woman.” “I came to physical therapy in hopes of improving my shoulder posture and overall strength of my right shoulder. Specifically, my right shoulder caused me discomfort when I would go for a run, or even a jog. My discomfort is believed to have been frommy years of playing volleyball and never really developing the strength of my upper body that it desperately needed. After experiencing the weeks of PT, I have felt major improvement of my upper body. Basically, I feel like Wonder Woman. So happy I came here!” - H.H. Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, even while walking, drinking tea, or writing an email. Follow these simple action steps to let go of the illusion of control and instead cultivate resilience on the job. 1. Loosen the grip—Let it Go Emotional stress can manifest as physical tension. To help ease both, practice relaxing your body with this simple exercise: • While sitting at your desk, settle your attention on your hands, and/or on your shoulders. If you find your grip extremely tight (or your shoulders tense), realize that this will make you feel stress. • • •
Choose to loosen your grip and/or release the tension in your shoulders as much as you can (Breathing helps!) Take a moment to observe the different sensations you feel when you bring your attention to your body. Remember, this is something you can do even as you plod through your to-do list! 2. Establish regular meditation Committing to a regular meditation practice— even just 10 minutes a day—can go a long way toward helping you feel calm in the face of work stressors. There are a wide variety of practices to choose from, so experiment to find what works best for you.
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