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Mindfulness at Work For Dummies by Shamash Alidina, Juliet Adams

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Chapter 19

Ten Ways to be Mindful in a Minute

In This Chapter

arrow Eating and drinking mindfully

arrow Being smart with your smart phone

arrow Enjoying small pleasures

arrow Being aware of and responsive to your body

Start Your Day with an Energising, Mindful Shower

A busy woman, attending one of my (Juliet’s) eight-week mindfulness courses told me that she starts each day with a shower. As soon as she steps in the shower her mind starts to race. She overthinks interactions with staff and clients that haven’t gone to plan. She tries to plan her day, anticipating what may happen and how she should respond. The more she tries to make sense of her thoughts, the less clear things become, inducing a mild state of panic. As she steps out of the shower and dries herself, she continues to mull over the day ahead and worry. She arrives at work primed to deal with possible problems and conflicts, with a knotted feeling in her stomach.

I asked her what she remembered about her shower, the shampoo she had used, the scent of the body wash and the feeling of water on her skin – she couldn’t recall any of it! She spends ...

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