A study by Gatesburg College found that you spend a third of your life working. On average, a person will spend 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime. It is often away from the family due to mental and physical stress. Overtime works begin to take precedence over the family and before you realize it, your productivity, creativity, mental and physical health begin to decline. Why does this happen?
The reason is that we do not give our minds time to recharge and refocus on our priorities. We allow low priority tasks to go into our daily schedules and work long hours with little motivation. Then, every day, it seems like what Bill Murray experienced in the movie “Ground Hug Day”. It’s the same day every day!
Here are five steps you can take to begin the process of preparation for mediation.
1. Dump a brain
We already have in our minds all the information about our goals, interests, passions, and what motivates us. We need to strategically tap into this rich information and make it visible. This is where Mind Dump Exercise helps. Whenever you feel lost, don’t accomplish your goals, engage yourself in various activities, get overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas, do this exercise, and put everything in your mind on a piece of paper. Document on the piece.
This exercise helps to make your emotions more prominent, and you can act accordingly. There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. The goal is to write down everything that is on your mind. Then use it to guide your actions.
“Relax when you are tired. Refresh and refresh yourself. Your body, your mind, your soul. Then come back to work. “- Ralph Marson
2. Write down all your activities
The biggest problem in the human mind is that if we allow it, it easily leads to negative thoughts. We constantly think about the things we haven’t achieved and feel bad about ourselves. Let’s change this statement in our minds.
Write down all your accomplishments in a timely manner. It could be – three months, six months, a year, or whatever you see fit. Once you start writing down all your accomplishments, you have the opportunity to appreciate the past and the present, in terms of all the things you have already accomplished that give you a purpose in life. Don’t think about the future alone.
I might take a step further and print out all these accomplishments and place them in a prominent part of my office to remind myself every day that you are doing a great job.
All. Write down all the things you are grateful for
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But, whenever you fall, you can stand up and march again. One way to help is to write down all the things for which you are grateful, such as – your family, health, job, children, friends, having money to help your family, head Roofing, and more. Research at UC Berkeley found a strong link between gratitude and well-being. It has a direct effect on mental and physical health.
When you observe things for which you are grateful, it helps to give you a different and more informed perspective on your current situation. Remember, “Hard times aren’t hard, tough people, do it.” – Robert Schiller.
4. Give yourself some grace
The problem with us as human beings is that the way we treat ourselves is different from the way we treat others. We treat our best friend kindly, and make sure we treat him with respect. But, when we mess up or do something we don’t like, we fall off on our own. We tell ourselves we are not good. We always mess up. We are fools, and we do not deserve a second chance. Would you say these things to your best friend? Of course, you won’t. So, why do you treat yourself differently?
It’s unusual for people to say, “I’m not going to do my best.” We all do our best to do what is best for our loved ones and for us. So, when things are not going well for you, or you feel like giving up, give yourself some grace. Recognize that you are performing better in the current situation. Sometimes things don’t work out, and that’s fine. It always happens next time.
“Treat yourself with love and respect and you will attract people who show you love and respect.” – Rhonda Byrne
5. Have some fun
We become so attached to our work that we sometimes forget that life is more than just work. Lots of great experiences waiting to be discovered. You and your family have fun. It can be as simple as spending more time with family, going on vacation, staying – where you are interested in reading, watching favorite TV shows, and eating great food. Get out of your busy life at work. Remember, “We all have two lives, and the other begins when we realize we have only one.” – Confucius.
So are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious at work? Then, it may be time for you to take a break from your job and focus on yourself. Follow the five-step process and give yourself the headspace you deserve.