Don’t Stress about the Future: Zen Techniques for Modern Business

However modern business and technology gets, there is still one thing that bothers all of us—stress. It gnaws at us whenever there’s a deadline we have yet to meet. It disturbs us on the way to and from work. It always bothers us when we have a particularly stressful situation.

However modern things become, these tried-and-tested methods are still effective. Here’s how to cope with the stress of modern times.

 

Focus: Live in the Present

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Many people have stressful thoughts because they tend to focus on past mistakes and on what might happen. Focusing on the future can be a positive; it’s not when you worry about things you have no control of. Instead, focus on the present and on your work. It might help clear your mind as well as aid you in creating the best work you never knew you could make.

 

Balance: Separate Work from Play

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In work, we are presented with an opportunity. You’d want to make the best of that opportunity so you keep on working. The problem presents itself when you fail to separate work from your personal life, which can happen so often. The key to less stress is balancing your time so you have enough time to work while not forgetting to play, so to speak.

 

Stop: Smell the Roses

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This is a different form of balancing your work with something else. When you’re so in the zone, you often find no time to stop and think. Sometimes, it only takes the presence of mind and willpower to know when enough is enough. Pausing to give time to think things through may also produce some surprising results especially if you’re involved in creative work.

 

Meditate: Feed your Mind

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There are times when we absolutely don’t have time to balance or stop. During these times, it is helpful to just meditate even during a 15-minute break. Meditation and contemplation helps your mind relax and gives space for new ideas. You never know, your next breakthrough might come as a free through during the time you took to meditate.

 

Remember: What you Work For

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It helps to know the reason why you’re working. Stress often stems from working without knowing what you do it for. For whom do you wake up? Why do you go to and from work? It’s a focus that is helpful in creating purpose in your work.

The key to less stress is to live life the way it’s meant to be lived—revolving around experiences and not just around work. Learn to work to live and not the other way around. You’ll be surprised just how much relaxation you’re missing out by trying these tips.

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