On the job: Keeping your cool

Work is piling up. Your boss is on your back. Your co-worker is whistling, and an unhappy client just sent you a nasty e-mail. You are feeling short tempered, anxious, and tense — and you are getting caught in a downward spiral of stress. At times, it becomes unbearable and the pressure has you feeling like you’re going to explode.

Meditation is the best way to alleviate tension, calm your mind and make your life easier. Meditation helps you relax and rejuvenate, increase your energy, clear your thinking and improve your emotional stability. All you need is a strong desire to improve your life and a willingness to practice simple meditation.

Here’s how you can take a few moments to meditate while you’re at the office, or anytime you’re feeling stressed —

• Find a place to sit comfortably.

• Let your body relax.

• Take a deep breath in.

• As you exhale, say to yourself, “I am calm, serene and relaxed.”

• Repeat this mantra a few times.

• Let the chatter in your mind

gradually fade away, and feel yourself entering a relaxed state.

• Let each body part release any tension; relax your toes, ankles, knees, hips, stomach, elbows, shoulders, chest, throat, wrists, finger tips, lips, eyes.

• Enjoy the feeling for a few minutes.

• Thank yourself for taking a break and slowly return to being alert to your environment.

When you meditate, your brain waves move to a calmer, happier place. The personal advantages of meditation are endless. Inner peace, mental calmness and relaxation

all happen through meditation.

Difficult situations will become easier to deal with.