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January 6th, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excellent advice from a world-renowned leadership guru…

In the course of the day, week, year, figure out how to take a pause that refreshes…Work consciously at destressing. The idea is be absolutely, positively ‘strategic’; in no way is it merely a nice thing to do.                                                                            Tom Peters

So what?          

Job stress is the source of more health complaints than financial or family problems. Depressive illness, a common side effect of job stress, is associated with nearly 10 annual sick days.*

What to do?  

Three mindful practices that are easy to adopt and to share with your team:

  1. Mindful breathing – Hang a sign outside your office/cubicle entrance that says “Out of my Mind—back in 10 minutes.” Close your door if you have one. If not, turn your chair away from the door. Sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Daily mindful breathing for about 10-15 minutes has been proven to lower blood pressure and provide a sense of calm and wellbeing. Long-term practice does wonders for mind, body and spirit.
  2. Take 5 or 10 minutes each day to do nothing other than listen to the sounds of the natural world – birds singing, wind whistling, water flowing, rain falling, or the sound of waves, cicadas, bees buzzing – you get the idea.
  3. Tap into recent neurological research that highlights a very potent and simple way to control emotional responses.  By silently noting what you feel, your amygdala (a pair of almond-shaped structures in your brain that provide emotional signals) quiets.   When you’re in a trying situation and your emotions fire – name them—fear, anger, frustration, etc. Don’t worry about whether they’re right or wrong or whether you’re normal or not, simply accept the signal, note the feeling, and work to put it aside.

*Druss, B. G., Rosenheck, R. A., & Sledge, W. H. Health and disability costs of depressive illness in a major U.S. corporation. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(8), 1274-1278.

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