A Classic Tip for Stress Reduction at Work
In terms of getting things done in our day to day lives, no matter the task, whatever project is in front of us, most of us are pretty clear that the path to greatest efficiency is to simply get from point A to point B as quickly as possible so we can get onto the next thing. However, there is one key thing that is missing in this logic, your stress.
It's not only how to get from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, but how to do in a way that's not going to stress us out and leave our minds in turmoil.
This way of living isn't just in our work environments, but in the rest of our lives. At times it can seem like a mad rush to wake up, get ready, prepare meals, clean the house, run errands, and fit in exercise. Sometimes we're even trying to achieve relaxation as we "rush home from work to relax."
Achieving is bred into us at an early age, we're often trying to fit in and belong, wearing the right clothes, being skinny enough, or even pushing ourselves beyond the limits to get the highest grade.
Achieve! Achieve! Achieve!
That raises the question, what exactly is success? Is it trying to be the best at what you do at the risk of being a mess at the end of every day?
When we truly look at it, we all want to get from point A to point B with greater ease and feeling happier.
Sometimes it's really good to build little breaks throughout the day that are about stopping what we're doing and recalibrating the way we're doing it.
In The Now Effect I bring up the STOP practice. This is all about Stopping, Taking a few deep breaths (steadying your mind), Observing your experience in the moment and Proceeding with more intention. Sprinkle this a few times throughout the day.
In doing this you can break out of your habitual patterns that may really not be serving you. They may be leading to some sense of achievement, but perhaps there's a way for you to be even more effective and come out the other end a bit saner.
Try it out a few times a day and see what happens.
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