Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic healing systems in the world. It is all about educating people so that their body and mind are inextricably connected. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that nothing is more powerful than the mind, and that the mind has the power to transform and heal the body. You don’t need to start practicing Ayurveda in order to benefit from it. But there are some small changes you can make that are based on Ayurveda, and will help you to perform more productively in the workplace. So, let’s take a look…
Keep a journal
First and foremost, keeping a journal is a great way to harness those sparks of gratitude, creativity, and inspiration. Every time you go to bed, you should review your past entry and add an entry. If you are feeling stressed about something at work, you can write down three things that you are looking forward to about the next day. This will enable you to focus your energy on the things that make you feel good.
Massage your hands with sesame oil
You can be miniature, travel-sized bottles of sesame oil, and it is a good idea to take a bottle of this to work with you every day so that you can give yourself a massage, which is known as Abhyanga in Ayurvedic teachings.
Although Abhyanga tends to be performed on the entire body, this can be adapted to suit your day-to-day life. Of course, you can have a whole body massage in the morning, ensuring an invigorating start to the day, or you can incorporate it as part of your bedtime routine so that you can relax before you go to sleep.
However, when it comes to your work life, it is wise to simply take a bottle of sesame oil with you so that you can give yourself a quick hand massage at your desk. Simply pour a small quantity of sesame oil into your palm, and then massage your knuckles, fingers, palms, and wrists by using a circular motion.
Eat a seasonal lunch
One way to ensure that you feel your best in the workplace is to eat a hearty, seasonal lunch. Ayurveda teaches us that lunch should be our main meal of the day. This is because our digestion is in alignment with the sun and, of course, the sun is at its strongest at midday. So, when preparing your lunch, make sure you have enough to keep you fuelled until dinnertime.
What sort of things should you be eating? Well, it is wise to eat with the seasons. In order to stay balanced, we should take what nature gives us with each of its seasons.
Your entire health matters
One of the key principles of Ayurveda is that the entire body matters. Your health is connected. If one part of your body is not functioning in the way that it should be, it is going to impact how you are feeling as a whole.
This is why it is important to make sure that you manage your entire health. Staying on top of little issues is imperative in terms of making sure that you can function to your very best and feel great while you are in the workplace.
For example, you may think that contracting an STD will not impact you in work. After all, no one is going to know about it. No one is going to see it! However, it can have a negative impact on your health in a number of different ways. You may have certain symptoms that cause irritation throughout the day, for example. In addition to this, you may also be feeling stressed and worried about the situation, and stress can impact your body in so many different ways. Because of this, it really has an impact on your day-to-day living. This is something that impacts more people than you may realize, as there has been a 62% increase in STD contraction. Therefore, if this is something you think you may have, seeing a sexual health expert and getting the issue dealt with as quickly as possible is going to be important for your overall health. This is just one example of many when it comes to illustrating how your entire health matters.
Go for a walk
If you have had a stressful meeting or you feel like everything is getting on top of you, it is a good idea to go for a walk. Walking meditation is one of the most basic yet effective Ayurvedic practices. It encourages circulation while quieting the mind.
So, it is a good idea to take some comfortable trainers with you to work. This will enable you to go for a quick break whenever it is required. If possible, choose a route that is near trees – such as a park or woods. This is because trees release phytoncides, which lower our nervous system response, as well as our sympathetic system response, blood pressure, cortisol, and adrenaline.
It is a good idea to start the day with a warm cup of lemon water as soon as you have woken up. Of course, if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning, you can simply take a lemon to work and prepare your warm lemon water there. Simply cut off a chunk of lemon, and squeeze it into some hot water. This is beneficial because it will gently stimulate your digestive tract while also giving you an amazing boost of Vitamin C.
The many benefits of lemon water include:
- It helps to fight viral infections
- It helps to cut out caffeine
- It gives you an energy boost
- It reduces inflammation
- It helps you to lose weight
- It keeps your skin blemish-free
- It freshens your breath
- It cleanses your system
- It aids digestion
- It is an exceptional source of potassium
- It gives your immune system a boost
As you can see, there are many reasons why it is a good idea to wake up to lemon water. As part of Ayurveda teachings, it is all about cleaning out our system properly so that we are ready for the day. After all, you wouldn’t clean your kitchen sink with just plain water would you?
Drink water properly throughout the day
You probably don’t need us to tell you that it is important to drink water throughout the day while you are at work. However, it is vital to drink water in the right way. Simply chugging a bottle of water at lunchtime is not ideal. Instead, you should use a reusable water bottle and carry it with you throughout the day. This makes sense from an environmental and economic viewpoint, and it makes it easier for you to get the hydration you need.
According to Ayurveda. You should drink water that is either room temperature or warm, as opposed to iced water. Plus, it is better to take small regular sips, instead of drinking large quantities in one go.
So there you have it; some of the top ways to boost workplace and daily performance with Ayurvedic practices. A few small changes can go a long way. We hope that you will notice a difference when you give the practices that have been mentioned a try. We are sure you will. And, the good news is that they are not difficult to implement either!
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