“Just for today, smile a little more. Just for today, ask someone how he or she is really doing. Just for today, remember, while some may have it better than you do, there are others whom definitely have it worse than you! Just for today, just let go, just for today….”
― James A. Murphy
That is the call of the world. More of you. More time at work. More time for everything but you. Have you felt like you have given all that you can give and there is no more to give? If you have you aren’t alone.
If you stepped back and looked at your life how would you rate your sense of well-being on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = Need Help Now, 10 = Living ideally)? What is your score? Are you living the life you thought you’d be living now? Debt free? Enough time to do what you love doing? Finding peace and tranquility in your life?
Have you slipped into the exhaustion funnel and are slowly watching your life spin out of control? Many people have and are deciding that working 12 hour days isn’t the kind of life they envisioned for themselves.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that job stress poses a threat to the health of workers. Nearly 25% of employees view their jobs as the main stressor in their lives. Health issues are increasing and they are being driven by on the job stress.
When job expectations are not in alignment with employee expectations stress will occur. When managers expect more from people and use threats (and the fact there are many others seeking work) many employees feel powerless to ask for changes to be made. Over time the stress leads to more illness, less productivity and more conflict.
Signs of stress include:
– Irregular sleep
– Short term
– Difficulty focusing and concentrating
– Upset Stomach
– Job dissatisfaction
What do you do if you find yourself at the limit and not willing or able to take on one more thing.
One way to combat the stress of work and life is to take time out of your day to do some mindfulness exercises. Even five minutes of deep breathing every couple of hours can have a dramatic impact in reducing the level of stress you feel.
– Stop and take a deep breath, count to six on inhale and exhale counting down from six. Do that for 3 to 5 minutes.
Learn mindfulness and learn how to reconnect with your feelings and become aware of your feelings, stress and anxiety , feel the sensations in your body and identify them. What are you feeling and experiencing? What emotions are most present? Write down what you are sensing?
Can you let go of those feelings?
Will you let go of those feelings?
Let yourself feel a sense of calm and peace come to you. Notice what it feels like. Relax and let the stress go.
Take just a few minutes each day to let go of the stress, the anxiety, the worry, the fear and the noise. Just let it go.
Focus on fewer things in your life. Let things go. Turn off the phone, TV, radio and just relax for a few minutes.