Manage your emotions
When life heats up and we’re overcome by stress, we tend to instinctively hit the big red panic button. When we do this, we struggle to think clearly, which leads to making rash decisions. The challenge is learning how to manage your emotions and to practise resilience. Get in-tune with your own sensibilities and know how to navigate your tipping points. To be resilient you need to acknowledge difficult situations, keep calm and evaluate rationally prior to making a plan of action. The advice here is to simply listen to yourself and be confident in calling a time out whenever it’s needed.
Working smarter not harder
There are always two paths to choose from; one that’s an easy stroll downhill and the other having a much steeper incline. When stressed, we don’t always manage time effectively and can often choose the much more difficult path without even realising. Take a moment to reflect on the task or situation, not letting the stress of getting everything done cloud your mind. Take the time to understand the desired outcome and quickly brainstorm how to best achieve it in a logical and simple way. If you hit a wall, grab a buddy and workshop it out for a few minutes. Remember life is only as hard as we make it out to be.
Tactile therapy promotes a sense of calm and can help regain focus quickly. Keep an object close by that’s malleable and textured. Something you can squeeze, poke and shape. It’s a great way to diffuse stress and level you out. If you want to stimulate the creative mind, get connected with kinetic sand; its airy and smooth texture will melt away your worries.
And for the digital natives, there’s also my new obsession, the PAUSE app. Beautifully designed, the app combines the principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness with technology that sits in the palm of your hand, easing you into a chilled state of mind, anytime, anywhere.
When the day is done, it’s always challenging to shut off, especially when work gets cray-cray. Establishing boundaries are a must. Drawing a line between what stays at work and what enters the home is crucial to our sense of sanity. It’s not conducive to a state of calm if the mind keeps ticking; you need that shutdown period to process and reboot. My trick is to write a list of all your tasks including their status at the end of each day. This will support the tomorrow, giving you assurance that you can pick up exactly where you left off.