The Zen Desk

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Zen is a Buddhist philosophy that encourages meditation, serenity and mindfulness. The practice of zen helps one realign their daily grind in order to achieve more peace and calm.

With health being a factor in an employees performance and career enthusiasm, companies are starting to embrace wellness programs and zen atmospheres. The challenges employees have in their workplace can be reduced if the environment sets a tone of tranquility and peace.

For some, however, their office space lacks zen influences and thus establishes grievances beyond their control. Below are a few things one can do to help embrace a serene experience while on the job.

~ Remove yourself from work gossip. When you hear it, turn your head the other way.  Gossip is the key to turmoil in any environment.

~ Place green plants on your desk or throughout the office. Plants clean contaminated office air and absorb pollutants while also offering positive visual stimulation.

~ Listen to music. Music is directly linked to our emotions and can be used as a stress reduction tool. Consider meditation music or classical notes from Mozart.

~ Place tasteful art on the walls or prints with motivational quotes. Visual interaction with phrases and art can promote calm and tranquility while allowing your brain to relax and re-motivate.

~ Enjoy a cup of tea during a work break.  This simple act can allow yourself time to re-focus and rejuvenate the mind.

~ Get outdoors during your lunch break. Avoid sitting at your desk for lunch as your mind, body, and soul need an office detox. Fresh air can do wonders for one’s wellness.

There are certainly more methods in which to bring zen into your work life, but for now, focus on the above recommended ideas. Change does take time, but it’s worth it in the end.