Workplace Energy Management

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  • 3 TIPS TO MANAGE YOUR ENERGY @ THE WORKPLACE
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  • INHALING LIFE: BREATHING FOR ENERGY
   


3 Tips to Manage Your Energy @ The Workplace

by Glynis Overmeyer, Change Management HR Specialist

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Remember the most recent time when you found yourself in a state of panic to meet a tight deadline or to deliver to a very demanding client, or when you were in a rush to finish a task to get to the next one on the list? Now, clearly see yourself in this situation. Think about what was going through your mind, what was happening in your body.

Perhaps your heart was beating very fast, or you broke out in a cold sweat. Maybe you could feel your blood pressure rising, and your muscles tensed up. Maybe you experienced all of these symptoms.

These are typical physiological symptoms of going into a fight-flight response to a situation where the mind identifies danger or perceives a threat. When we, as human beings, still lived in caves the primary threats were from wild animals and natural disasters so the fight-flight mode was necessary for survival.

In modern living however, this same fight-flight response is triggered by traffic jams, rushing from place to place, meeting tight deadlines and so on. As this happens on a daily basis, it quickly leads to stress and burn-out – when your mental, emotional and physical energy becomes depleted. As stress builds up, it inhibits the free flow of energy and information throughout your system. The more stress accumulates, the less efficient the mind and body operates.

Becoming aware of your stressors through being Mindful and knowing how to manage your own energy, helps the body support greater balance and vitality, and ultimately improves your overall wellbeing and work productivity.

Here are three simple tips that can help you manage your energy levels in these stressful situations:

        Tip 1: Become aware of what’s happening “in the present” – in your body, your mind and the situation around you.

We call this Mindfulness – a shift in the way that you pay attention. Mindfulness means that you:

  • Hold your attention on purpose;

  • Become immersed in experiencing the present moment; and

  • Hold your attention non-judgementally.

You can practice Mindfulness by meditating; engaging all of your senses and focusing while you do every-day tasks such as eating, household chores; or focusing on the soles of your feet as you walk.


        Tip 2: Become fully aware of your breathing:

Although breathing is an automatic function of the body, when you focus attention on your breath, it allows the mind to release distressing thoughts and emotions. This is a key starting point for relaxing, de-stressing and optimising your energy. The slower your rate of breathing, the more control you have over your mind – your rate of breathing and your state of mind are inseparable. The mind follows the breath, and the body follows the mind.

Start by noticing how you are breathing – it may be fast, it may be slow, it may be shallow or deep. Just take note – without judgement. Observe the thoughts that may enter into your mind without analysing or engaging with them. Keep bringing your focus back to your breath. Then, consciously slow down the breath, making each breath long and deep – notice how that makes your body feel.


Tip 3: Move your body to alter your state of body and mind.

Many of us sit in front of the computer most of the day. This often leads to muscle spasms, back problems, sluggish energy, eye strain, irritability and poor concentration. This in turn leads to poor productivity, stress and burn-out that become the seeds of illness.

A few basic movements while you’re sitting in your office chair or standing at your desk can help to get your blood circulation going, increase your flexibility, relax and loosen tight muscles, and release tension. Consciously moving different parts of your body, while breathing long and deep, can also calm and centre you when work starts to get the better of you.

You can revitalise and energise yourself by simply:

  • Rolling your neck in circles and your shoulders back and forward, slowly, every hour;

  • Flexing your spine by moving it back and forward while sitting straight in your chair; and

  • Twisting your upper body from side to side, from the waist.

This will ultimately increase your productivity and positively influence your relationships in the workplace.

With Mindfulness, Breathing and Movement you can reduce stress by Managing your Energy @ Work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Glynis Overmeyer is a change facilitator, energy healer and spiritual teacher. She incorporates principles of change management, Kundalini Yoga, Reiki and Emotional Freedom Techniques in her work with individuals and groups. She is passionate about assisting people to empower themselves to find Happiness, Health and Truth. She believes that people are happier, healthier and more effective in life and in work when they are able to consciously breath, quiet their minds and manage their emotional responses through flexing and strengthening all aspects of Self.


Inhaling Life:  Breathing for Energy

By EQuilibrium Wellbeing Centre

inhaling life“The way we breathe is the way we live our lives. When we can breathe fully and openly we can transform” – Dr Ela Manga.

Something very special happens on the last Wednesday of every month at The EQ Wellbeing Centre, where gathered in a sacred space, you’ll find a room of people lying on their backs breathing, all having the most powerful experience of themselves…These ‘breathwork’ workshops facilitated by Dr Ela Manga, an integrated medical practitioner, are designed to take one directly to a place of meditation. When we take a breath and align it with the shifts that we want to create; then we can start using the breath as an integral tool for change and self healing.

Meditation vs. Medication?
If one looks at the brain and the ‘neurobiology of change’, we recognise that time and time over, old habits and patterns creep in. This sets up a vicious cycle often resulting in illness, be it physical symptoms or mental problems such as anxiety and depression that we struggle to break free from. When, however, we realise that change has a neurological process; then we can work on closing that gap by creating new neural pathways. How so? By breathing life-force into our cells!   

7 Steps of Change
As Ela explains preceding the breathing practice, there are 7 steps of change that we need to experience in order to close the gap from intention to action. If one can identify what step one is at, it also helps to bring about a conscious shift when one starts with the breathwork. These steps are as follows: –
1. The Excuses: Our minds are very good at using every past experience or thought we have ever had, from spiritual concepts to practical nuances, in order to come up with fantastic excuses that can be very self convincing to stay exactly where we are at, hence we often do just that.  
2. The Sabotage: These are the stumbling blocks along the way that are inevitable and out of our control.  You get sick so you put it off for a while, or the car breaks down on your way to that appointment… it’s the way of the universe testing you’re will.
3. The Awareness: This is when we start to recognise the thought and behaviour patterns that have been holding us back. We accept and acknowledge the belief systems in our subconscious mind.
4: Taking the First Step: By taking action, we form a turning point for new behaviour. The conscious mind will awaken the cells to change and the body will begin to make the necessary shifts.
5. Point of Choice: While taking the first step is often the hardest, giving up early is another turning point that we need to overcome. This point of choice is what keeps up in the game or not and we need to be careful here not to drop our guards.  
6. The Practice: As with anything in life, repetition is the key to success. By doing something over and over again until it become subconscious behaviour (like learning to drive), we start to create new belief systems and patterns that resonate within us.
7. The Shift: The change becomes a part of who we are now, i.e. we move from having been consciously incompetent, to subconsciously competent.

The Technique
While there are many different techniques for using breathwork effectively, they all have one principal in common: to activate energy quickly using inhaling (for taking action) and exhaling (for letting go).  When attending a breathwork workshop, one is trained on how to focus one’s breathing through taking a long, slow, deep inhalation, which fills the diaphragm and then allowing the exhalation to occur passively. This is done by breathing through the mouth and keeping it flowing so that it becomes a ‘consciously connected’ breath-pattern. When we breathe in this way, we are also activating the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for triggering the flight/fight responses within us). However, instead of letting the sympathetic nervous take over, we train ourselves to relax into it, which in turn teaches us to relax into the intensity of life.

The Experience
The truth is that in order to really know what breathwork can do for you, you need to experience it for yourself.  Love it or hate it, the effects and processes that unfold are unique to each person and differ each and every time. Some of the participants shared and described their experiences as follows:
“My body was shaking all over – I didn’t know what was happening and then suddenly it hit me that I hadn’t dealt with having had a miscarriage and there it was – I had a chance to process it and let it go, I felt such a great sense of relief.”
“There was a point at which I became terrified to let go – but once I did, I felt as though I was filled with a euphoric sense of power!”
“It started out at first as a hot and cold numbing sensation in my extremities and I felt anxiety coming over me that transgressed into a feeling I can only describe being comparable with an orgasm, where I reached an intense, blissful, serene, silence within myself. I remember smiling at one point. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.”

Breathe In, Breathe Out