Two-Minute Meditation Techniques That You Can Do Anywhere

Meditation is said to be good for the body, mind, and soul. However, stressing out about being able to meditate is never a good thing. Instead, taking a few minutes out of your busy day to practice some meditation techniques will keep you up and running and staying that way.

If you are like most individuals, taking time out for exercising or meditating is not a reality at the moment. However, that does not have to stop you.

If You Have Two Minutes Here and There, You Can Practice Meditation Techniques Anywhere.

Relaxation and Tension Techniques

A great way to practice mediation is to experience what it feels like to relax your muscle tension. However, the first part of learning to relax is to differentiate between relaxing your muscles and tightening them.

Sitting at your desk, begin with your feet and flex and point your toes. Move up to your calves and tighten that area and hold and then release. Move up to your thighs, repeat this same procedure, and work your way up through all of the various muscle groups in your body.

This procedure tightens the muscle groups so you become more aware of your body and thereafter will be able to recognize how to release that tension and relax.

Deep Breathing

Sit quietly for a few moments and take the time to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Make sure that you feel your belly and diaphragm move up and down so that you know you are doing this correctly. Practice some deep breathing slowly and calmly so as not to hyperventilate.

Breathe quietly while feeling the tension in your body melt away, muscle by muscle, inch by inch. Let the stress leave your body with each breath and return clean and refreshed.

Clearing Your Mind

You can sit in your car during lunch hour and take a few deep breaths, stretch a bit, and roll your neck gently from side to side. Resting your head back, close your eyes and picture a clean white sheet of paper.

Clear your mind, release any negative thoughts visualizing them floating up and out through the top of your head, leaving nothing behind but clean pure white paper. Find that place in your gut that feels peaceful. Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting all thoughts go outward.

These techniques can all be utilized anywhere and every day. Practice them daily and you will see that these little techniques can go a long way to clear your mind, body, and spirit.

Tips for Interviews and the Workplace: How to Dress for Success

When you go in for an interview, the visual impression you make will wordlessly communicate a lot about you: how well you can put things together, whether or not you pay attention to detail, and how self-aware you are (to name a few). In addition, if competition is stiff (as it is these days), employers may resort to appearance to make their final decision between otherwise equal candidates. Think of your appearance as a sort of visual resume!

While individuality is a good thing, expressing yourself through appropriate clothing ups your chances for success considerably.

Here are some tips for interviews and the workplace, and how to dress for success.

1. The Right Mindset

The first thing to do is get in the right mindset. What are you trying to convey? What skills does this job demand? Unless you are applying for a job in the fashion industry and are specifically trying to show your skills, your prospective employer is probably not interested in an over-the-top, super-creative ensemble. Instead, get into the mindset of the job and dress accordingly. Does this job require you to be organized? Outgoing? Behind-the-scenes? Think about what’s expected of you as you put your outfit together.

2. Get a Feel for the Workplace

Find out beforehand if the place where you’re applying for a job is formal, casual, or somewhere in between. Not all offices are dressy. Check out their website and get a feel for how people in the office dress and act. Formal offices will likely have a formal website; a more casual place should project that sense from its photos and web design. The content on the website will be written in a way that reflects the tone of the office, too.

3. What’s the Position?

The general consensus is: the more high-powered and exacting the job, the more formal the attire for the interview. Secretaries, tech supporters, and similar positions often require just simple slacks and blouse or collared shirt. But if you are applying for a job in finance, management, or something comparable, then a suit – and a nice one – is expected. Your hair should be carefully styled, too, if you are hoping for a high-powered position.

4. Don’t Reveal Too Much

An interview is no time for a slip or bra strap to show, nor is it a great time to show off your hairy chest or your cleavage. Your goal is not to distract, but to engage the interviewer.

If you feel like you’re faking it, you might not be applying for the right job. You will be pretty uncomfortable if you have to dress uncomfortably every day of work! So make sure there’s a personal element to your attire. And good luck!