Practicing Mindfulness in Your Apartment – Melbourne

Melbourne has always been seen as the social city and, for many, the sports, arts and cafe capital of Australia. But the city’s atmosphere and vibrancy have been halted with the recent restriction measures  and it will continue to feel this impact for the weeks coming. SSKB’s client base is primarily living in apartments with limited space, many of whom are working from home, and even more with home- schooling duties – this is not easy and at times we can all use a little help.

With this in mind, SSKB has teamed up with Chief Maker’s Greg Layton to support our Melbourne clients during this time. Greg’s personal and professional experiences in isolated and challenging environments has led him to becoming one of Australia’s most in-demand executive coaches and, being Melbourne based, knows first-hand the difficulties Melburnians are now facing.

We had our second Facebook live event on Tuesday August 18 with 4 more to come. You can check this out on our Facebook page if you missed it! This session was all about mindfulness and inparticular mindfulness in your apartment, very helpful for our Melbourne clients during this time!

Some of the key takeaways from the event were:

Many of the tips shared in this week’s Facebook live event came from Gregs experiences from studying and training with the Shaolin Monks in China and perfected through working with hundreds of C-Suite executives across the globe.

Greg talked about mindfulness and its health and productivity benefits. He discussed how to achieve mindfulness and to develop it over time through practice and repetition. Mindfulness is developed generally and historically through meditation, but he also discussed the merits of journaling and how we all perform best when we are ‘in flow’ and how to get there.

The benefits of mindfulness are numerous.

  • Mindfulness and wellbeing at work can make you up to 5 times more productive
  • Studies suggest you are up to 36% more likely to recover from an illness
  • The more you cultivate mindfulness the more you decrease the stress in your life

So what do you do with this information? That is where Greg comes in! If you check out the recorded session, he takes this learning and helps put it into actionable steps and recommendations for activities you can easily incorporate. If you can get some sort of mindfulness practice into your day or every second day, the research is said that over an 8 week period of practicing mindfulness, your brain will rewire. This will be great practice for our Melbourne Clients.

Click here to watch the full video and learn how you can achieve mindfulness.

Greg also opened up the floor to our clients for any questions they had. Some questions they asked were:

Q: I live in Melbourne in a small apartment and have really struggled with keeping fit without disrupting neighbours etc. Do you have any intense workout ideas suited for small spaces?

A: Greg uses tabata workouts. Tabata workouts are usually 8 cycles of 30 seconds. In the 30 seconds you work out for 20 seconds and rest for 10. This is really useful when exercising in small spaces.

Q: Do you have any tips for practicing mindfulness in the workplace?

A: Meditation and breathing practice is really powerful. If you can combine journaling with your own work planning this will help to bring a real sense of mindfulness to the moment.

Q: Do you journal at the same time each day, for example the beginning or end of the day?

A: Greg personally journals at the end of the day but often a small amount in the mornings also depending on how he feels on the day.

We are all in this together and are sending our support to our Melbourne office. If you would like to attend our next event about ‘resilience’ click here to register for the event.

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