29 May 2019
3. Give yourself a break from over-thinking.
Worry drains brain power that could otherwise be used for problem solving, completing tasks, getting creative and setting goals. By practicing self awareness and a neutral, detached perspective on your emotions, body and surroundings you will be able to recognise when you’re entering a negative spiralling mental state and refocus your attention on what is in your control in the moment. Eventually this will become a habit and paralysing demotivating over- thinking will be (for the most part) a thing of the past.
Talk to yourself like a Navy SEAL:
How do they cope under so much intense pressure? It’s not what you think!
They talk to themselves in a positive and optimistic way.
– They don’t take setbacks personally but instead see them as lessons and opportunities to grow and become stronger. ‘Tomorrow I will do better’.
– They remember that moments in time are temporary. ‘This challenge won’t last forever.’
– They keep perspective, taking challenges as they come, with specific causes and reasons that are not necessarily linked to every other problem experienced.
4. Don’t be a people pleaser:
For many, it’s all too easy to get into the habit of putting their own needs last, and they go through life exhausted, unfulfilled and feeling out of control and unhappy. If you’re this type of individual, resisting ‘people- pleasing’ is an exercise in discomfort endurance in itself, but it is a particularly worthwhile one! Make sure to leave space in your time management plan for ‘you time’. It might even be a good idea to make a list of conditions you need to keep mentally tough, happy and productive.
Here’s a personal example:
– I must have some alone time. I need this to stop feeling overwhelmed by the day and prepare myself for the next day. I might have a bath, play on a video game/ app, read a book, do some drawing, listen to HeadSpace and try some meditation techniques or play with my dog. It’s a little bit of quality time with myself to decompress and relax without anyone else wanting anything from me.
– Taking educational opportunities, whether through work or in my own time. There is never a time to stop learning and it’s never pointless, silly or too late to achieve qualifications. Anyone telling you otherwise is wrong plain and simple.
– Making time for fun, alternative pursuits and developing hobbies. For me that’s illustration, going on adventures with my dog and catching up with friends and family in the pub! These things are hugely important for my mental health and I notice a real decline if I don’t make enough time for them.
Ultimately achieving and maintaining mental resilience is an ongoing process. You’ll have good and bad days, you’ll make mistakes. Sometimes it will feel impossible. But there’s always tomorrow. The more you can practice these four top tips the more:
– Engaged and positive you will feel about your life and choices
– You will perform tasks up to 25% better
– You’ll be able to handle stress more effectively
Just remember your proven superhuman ability to persevere and all the progress you’ve already made!
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Check out our blog on why it’s vital to Empower your team here: https://bit.ly/2Qv4ej9
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