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Managing well-being at work

Managing well-being at work
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We have all heard the popular saying that work is worship. This equates work to a status that is almost holy, and worthy of your worship. Be true to...

We have all heard the popular saying that work is worship. This equates work to a status that is almost holy, and worthy of your worship. Be true to your work by giving it your very best. When you understand the importance of this, you become ready to align yourself with other energies. Create a pleasant atmosphere for yourself at your workplace. This is largely determined by the rapport that you share with your employers, and colleagues. Keep communication lines open for discussion, and for resolution of issues at work.

When you take care of your body, your mind also automatically falls in line. Be sure to give yourself a few minutes at least once in an hour to stretch, breathe and refocus. Follow these simple recommendations to enjoy your time at work, and boost your productivity.

Physical well-being

Start with Sukshma Vyayam or subtle exercises. These consist of gentle rotation of neck, arms, wrists, hips, ankles to slowly warm up the joints. Walk around briskly, and stretch and mobilize your muscles. This will prepare your body for a practice, and keep you safe from practice-related injuries.

Samasthithi

Formation of the posture

l Stand with your feet together

l Stretch your arms out beside your body and allow them to hover without making contact

l Gently close eyes

l Relax the body

Benefits

l It prepares your body and calms your mind

l It improves overall body posture

l Creates self-awareness

Word of Advice Try to balance your body weight equally on both feet without leaning onto one.

Mental well-being

Khand Pranayama

Formation

l Sit down in Dandasana, keep your back straight and breathe for some time.

l Fold your legs in Sukhasana and prepare your mind for the practice.

l Sit in any comfortable pose (such as Sukhasan, Vajrasana, Ardhapadmasan, Padmasana or Siddhasana) Ideal posture is Poorna Padmasana

l Straighten your back and close your eyes

l Place your palms on your knees facing up (in Prapthi Mudra)

l As you inhale, divide your breath into two equal parts

l Without retaining the breath in your lungs, exhale twice

Duration You may begin by practicing this breathing technique for 1-2 minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.

Benefits

l Limitless Benefits: This powerful pranayama affects the functioning of different systems of the body and affords countless benefits. This pranayama will help you develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

l Increases lung's capacity to take in Oxygen

l Builds stamina

l Promotes excess fat loss

l Improves skin health

l Exclusively beneficial to sportsmen such as Athletes, Basketball players, etc.

l Increases lifespan

l Reverses age by retaining youth

l Useful for mountain climbers, athletes, and runners

l Improves stamina

l Athletes can use this breathing technique to enhance their perseverance levels for an entire range of games and sporting activities.

l This pranayama functions as a wonder drug for individuals with shortness of breath.

l One can effect positive change and tranquillity by practising this pranayama in just three or four days.

Anulom Vilom – Alternate nostril breathing

Method

l Sit in a comfortable position of Sukhasana, Ardha Padmasana, Vajrasana or Poorna Padmasana.

l Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed and close your eyes to focus on your breath.

l Place your palms on your knees facing upward (in Prapthi Mudra)

Technique:

Gently close your right nostril with your thumb, inhale into your left nostril and close it, letting the breath out through the right nostril. Then inhale through your right, closing it to exhale only through your left. This makes one cycle.

Swaas Dhyan

Formation

l Sit in a comfortable posture (such as Sukhasana, Ardha Padmasana or Padmasana)

l Place your palms on your knees facing up

l Straighten your back and close your eyes

l The time you take to inhale and exhale should be in a ratio of 6:6, i.e., if you inhale in six counts, you need to exhale in six counts

l Focus on your breath entering and then leaving your nostrils as you inhale and exhale.

Be an observer of your flow of thoughts by not resisting them initially and letting them flow. Gradually, keep shifting your awareness to your breathing until you reach a point where your complete focus is on your inhalation and exhalation with your mind almost completely devoid of thoughts.

Direction Face towards East

Benefits

l Brings your mind to the present and makes you more aware

l Reduces stress

l You will experience calmness

l Clears your mind of unwanted thoughts.

(The writer is a seniorconsultant Internal Medicine,Hyderabad)

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