Why A Daily Mental Health Practice At Work Can Save Your Life

Preethaji

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According to a recent CDC study, 71% of Americans have anxiety, or experienced some type of mental health related issue, at work. Harassment and bullying can also be major causes of mental health challenges. Furthermore, deadlines, pressures, and connecting with others who think and act differently than you do can all be too much, on top of a 4pm meeting. Some people may feel discouraged from sharing feelings and vulnerability at work to help them cope. But, what if there was something you could do to take care of yourself at work, and remain present? Preethaji, coauthor of The Four Sacred Secrets with her husband, Krishnaji, shares some mental health tactics to create a healthy mind at the office.

Maryann Reid: Why is establishing a mental health routine at work important? 

Preethaji: Most organizations assume that their employees must come with innate talents. They do not have systems that can help them cope with the fear of failure or ways to help people walk out of anxiety into a state of calm and strength. 

Whether it is for greater profitability or greater effectiveness, a system must be put in place in every workplace in the world, where people can dissolve stress on a regular basis. 

A culture must be put in place where there is no shame about sharing one's inner state of being. And in my view, meditation and wisdom for greater self-knowing can impact organizations across their length and breadth. 

Reid: How can black women build the inner resources needed to deal with microaggressions at work? 

Preethaji: Black women have endured generations of humiliation and inhumanity. Times are changing but they are not changing fast enough. We need to change the times by awakening to our true power. 

Each of the secrets in The Four Sacred Secrets can act as a life jacket for anyone who is sinking in workplace stress. 

Violence at the workplace can be experienced in gross and subtle ways and can be felt when you feel not included. 

It can be experienced when someone ignores your views because of your appearance or complexion. Whether these aggressions are small or big, they can eat at your sense of self-worth and gradually build stressful emotional states such as anger, anxiety or a sense of disconnection. All of these stressful states can lead to failure of intelligence and inefficiency. 

We have offered Serene Mind Practice as a very effective tool for dissolution of emotional stress at workplaces. You could find this practice our book. The regular practice of this powerful 3 minute practice can break emotional addictions that may have gripped you for a long time. 

Reid:  Some black women in predominantly white work environments noted feeling isolated with little support. What advice do you have for them? 

Preethaji: Non-inclusiveness is one of the major problems of the human mind. To discriminate against anything that we perceive as ‘not ours’ is the unconscious habit of most people. 

It is unfortunate that millions of black women go through this at their workplaces on a daily basis. 

Most people do not know that the human brain actually thrives on the experience of connection. To feel connected is more important perhaps to the health of the brain than omega 3s and alpha-gpc. And, unless we facilitate that experience at the workplace, the full flowering of the human potential cannot happen. 

To black women, I would say this—please do not limit your identities to being black and being a woman as society defines you. 

And regarding being a woman, a woman according to me is a symbol of all that is powerful. As women, regardless of our skin color, we have the power to infuse life not only into our children but breathe life into any mission or purpose. 

As women, regardless of our skin color, we are capable of creating a culture of nurture in which everything thrives. We awaken to our full power. Our families will thrive because of us, and our organizations will thrive because of us. 

So, rise above this limiting identity imposed on you and you will find the calm and the courage necessary to overcome discrimination. 

Reid: There are a lot of mental health apps now where you text for support. What are the benefits of traditional ways of coping - meditation, prayer, etc.?

Preethaji: I would usually suggest Soul Sync meditation as a daily personal practice for any aspiring achievers. Soul Sync practice takes about nine minutes to do. It will relax your body, calm your mind and lead your consciousness to expansion. 

This meditation practice is known to help people set their goals and help manifest them with great ease. Many teams in organizations have also made this part of their go-to practice to feel a deeper sense of camaraderie and set their collective focus. Collective meditation once a week (at the very least) is known to shift energies at the workplace to positive. 

Reid: How can workplaces, in general, support black mental health? 

Preethaji: Workplaces, in general, need to cultivate an awareness about the fundamental oneness of our human experiences. 

Behind the diversity of skin color, personal histories, education and varying cultures is the human being.

If we can nurture this awareness of oneness of our humanity, it will support black mental health immensely. In fact, it will support every member of the organization to work in such a nurturing environment. 

Organizations need to introduce regular retreats to cultivate greater self-awareness and dissolve stress that has accumulated in interpersonal relationships between people at work. 

Reid: What is the problem that your book wants to solve? 

Preethaji: The Four Sacred Secrets fundamentally helps people shift from disconnection to connection. Krishnaji and I see disconnection at the root of most problems in the world. Through our book, we seek to create individuals who are at peace with themselves, connected partners who know to nurture each other with love, awakened parents who can help heal the inner wounds of their children and help foster greater destinies and finally conscious wealth creators who support the entire fabric of their organization. 

Reid: What is the one tip you have for people of color dealing with burnout at work and home? 

Preethaji: My suggestion would be to cultivate the habit of ‘pausing, breathing & seeing.’ 

Every time you feel rushed, pause. Please do not continue regardless of how you are feeling mentally, emotionally or physically. Recognize your stress and pause. 

Breathe deeply. Return your attention to inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly and completely. Keep doing this until your body returns to a state of calm. 

See. Observe what your exact feeling is in that moment without blaming yourself or another. 

Make this into your way of living. This can be a great beginner's practice to a beautiful life. 

Reid: Is there anything else you'd like to say? 

Preethaji: I would like every professional to know that feeling anxious, stressed, lonely, or overwhelmed does not make you weak, nor does it make you into a person with some type of mental problem. 

If your organization is not taking the measures to help you, you have to step up to take care of your own inner state. Since ultimately, it is you who needs to have the greatest care and compassion for yourself. 

For immediate help, please visit w ww.BreathingRoom.com to go through the meditations. Each meditation has been designed to help lead you out of stress. 

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According to a recent CDC study, 71% of Americans have anxiety, or experienced some type of mental health related issue, at work. Harassment and bullying can also be major causes of mental health challenges. Furthermore, deadlines, pressures, and connecting with others who think and act differently than you do can all be too much, on top of a 4pm meeting. Some people may feel discouraged from sharing feelings and vulnerability at work to help them cope. But, what if there was something you could do to take care of yourself at work, and remain present? Preethaji, coauthor of The Four Sacred Secrets with her husband, Krishnaji, shares some mental health tactics to create a healthy mind at the office.

Maryann Reid: Why is establishing a mental health routine at work important? 

Preethaji: Most organizations assume that their employees must come with innate talents. They do not have systems that can help them cope with the fear of failure or ways to help people walk out of anxiety into a state of calm and strength. 

Whether it is for greater profitability or greater effectiveness, a system must be put in place in every workplace in the world, where people can dissolve stress on a regular basis. 

A culture must be put in place where there is no shame about sharing one's inner state of being. And in my view, meditation and wisdom for greater self-knowing can impact organizations across their length and breadth. 

Reid: How can black women build the inner resources needed to deal with microaggressions at work? 

Preethaji: Black women have endured generations of humiliation and inhumanity. Times are changing but they are not changing fast enough. We need to change the times by awakening to our true power. 

Each of the secrets in The Four Sacred Secrets can act as a life jacket for anyone who is sinking in workplace stress. 

Violence at the workplace can be experienced in gross and subtle ways and can be felt when you feel not included. 

It can be experienced when someone ignores your views because of your appearance or complexion. Whether these aggressions are small or big, they can eat at your sense of self-worth and gradually build stressful emotional states such as anger, anxiety or a sense of disconnection. All of these stressful states can lead to failure of intelligence and inefficiency. 

We have offered Serene Mind Practice as a very effective tool for dissolution of emotional stress at workplaces. You could find this practice our book. The regular practice of this powerful 3 minute practice can break emotional addictions that may have gripped you for a long time. 

Reid:  Some black women in predominantly white work environments noted feeling isolated with little support. What advice do you have for them? 

Preethaji: Non-inclusiveness is one of the major problems of the human mind. To discriminate against anything that we perceive as ‘not ours’ is the unconscious habit of most people. 

It is unfortunate that millions of black women go through this at their workplaces on a daily basis. 

Most people do not know that the human brain actually thrives on the experience of connection. To feel connected is more important perhaps to the health of the brain than omega 3s and alpha-gpc. And, unless we facilitate that experience at the workplace, the full flowering of the human potential cannot happen. 

To black women, I would say this—please do not limit your identities to being black and being a woman as society defines you. 

And regarding being a woman, a woman according to me is a symbol of all that is powerful. As women, regardless of our skin color, we have the power to infuse life not only into our children but breathe life into any mission or purpose. 

As women, regardless of our skin color, we are capable of creating a culture of nurture in which everything thrives. We awaken to our full power. Our families will thrive because of us, and our organizations will thrive because of us. 

So, rise above this limiting identity imposed on you and you will find the calm and the courage necessary to overcome discrimination. 

Reid: There are a lot of mental health apps now where you text for support. What are the benefits of traditional ways of coping - meditation, prayer, etc.?

Preethaji: I would usually suggest Soul Sync meditation as a daily personal practice for any aspiring achievers. Soul Sync practice takes about nine minutes to do. It will relax your body, calm your mind and lead your consciousness to expansion. 

This meditation practice is known to help people set their goals and help manifest them with great ease. Many teams in organizations have also made this part of their go-to practice to feel a deeper sense of camaraderie and set their collective focus. Collective meditation once a week (at the very least) is known to shift energies at the workplace to positive. 

Reid: How can workplaces, in general, support black mental health? 

Preethaji: Workplaces, in general, need to cultivate an awareness about the fundamental oneness of our human experiences. 

Behind the diversity of skin color, personal histories, education and varying cultures is the human being.

If we can nurture this awareness of oneness of our humanity, it will support black mental health immensely. In fact, it will support every member of the organization to work in such a nurturing environment. 

Organizations need to introduce regular retreats to cultivate greater self-awareness and dissolve stress that has accumulated in interpersonal relationships between people at work. 

Reid: What is the problem that your book wants to solve? 

Preethaji: The Four Sacred Secrets fundamentally helps people shift from disconnection to connection. Krishnaji and I see disconnection at the root of most problems in the world. Through our book, we seek to create individuals who are at peace with themselves, connected partners who know to nurture each other with love, awakened parents who can help heal the inner wounds of their children and help foster greater destinies and finally conscious wealth creators who support the entire fabric of their organization. 

Reid: What is the one tip you have for people of color dealing with burnout at work and home? 

Preethaji: My suggestion would be to cultivate the habit of ‘pausing, breathing & seeing.’ 

Every time you feel rushed, pause. Please do not continue regardless of how you are feeling mentally, emotionally or physically. Recognize your stress and pause. 

Breathe deeply. Return your attention to inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly and completely. Keep doing this until your body returns to a state of calm. 

See. Observe what your exact feeling is in that moment without blaming yourself or another. 

Make this into your way of living. This can be a great beginner's practice to a beautiful life. 

Reid: Is there anything else you'd like to say? 

Preethaji: I would like every professional to know that feeling anxious, stressed, lonely, or overwhelmed does not make you weak, nor does it make you into a person with some type of mental problem. 

If your organization is not taking the measures to help you, you have to step up to take care of your own inner state. Since ultimately, it is you who needs to have the greatest care and compassion for yourself. 

For immediate help, please visit w ww.BreathingRoom.com to go through the meditations. Each meditation has been designed to help lead you out of stress. 

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I'm an author (St. Martins Press) and founder of Alphanista, a career platform for multicultural women in management.