Mindfulness Booster: The Email Breath

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I’ve recently been fortunate to engage with more companies looking to incorporate mindfulness into their workplace. And one of the questions that keeps coming up is how to reconcile our relationship with technology when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. While I am a big believer in the ultimate benefits of unplugging when it comes to a consistent practice, my belief is that technology isn’t bad in and of itself, but it is how we are using it. And when we are first getting started on our mindfulness journeys, guidance in the form of apps and guided meditations that require our phone or iPad can be very helpful. Unfortunately for many of us, the ways we use technology including checking email or social media can serve as the ultimate mindless act where a block of time suddenly went by and we can’t even recall what captured our attention. But with clear intention and purpose, technology can be helpful and ultimately can serve as a daily mindfulness trigger.

For better or worse, email has become something most of check daily. I recently learned about email apnea where people are actually holding their breaths when they check email. So in today’s tip, we explore the opportunity of checking our email more mindfully. Let’s get started!

Step 1: As you prepare to check your email for the first time of the day, take 3 deep breaths. Inhale (3 counts), exhale (3 counts).
Step 2: Just notice your breath as you start reading emails.
Step 3: Continue to read through your emails and try to incorporate 1 deep breath before each response.
Step 4: Simply notice how easily it is to go into auto pilot when emailing, and try to continue to bring your attention to your breath throughout the day as you check your email and other daily work tasks.

While ideally you can incorporate this practice throughout your day, at a minimum, try to make this your first on and last off email ritual of the day. As we do this, we invite the opportunity to be less reactive and more responsive in our communications.

ps. Are you interested in incorporating mindfulness into your workplace? I’d love to work with you on one of my workplace programs or create a custom program that will bring more presence, productivity and positivity to your organization. Let’s connect!

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