When Deep Breaths Just Aren’t Cutting It, Here Are 6 Ways To Maintain Your Zen In A Toxic Workplace

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Meditate In The Parking Lot

A young woman is sitting in a car and looking away

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Arrive to work 10 to 20 minutes early and meditate in your car immediately before going inside. Meditating can lower your heartbeat and blood pressure, and instantly relax your body. This will allow you to be less reactive to what you experience in the workplace. It can also put you in the present-moment mindset, which encourages you to ask yourself, “What is actually wrong, at this moment.”

Many Zen gurus would say that “problems” are just anticipation of events that have not occurred or memories of past events. But in most given moments, nothing is truly wrong or lacking. You have your breath breathing life into your body, your senses, employment, your health…the toxicity around you is not real. Meditation can help you remember that.

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