Yup, you guessed it - this mini little blog post is all about getting you through every day - without having to take a truckload of prescription medications first thing in the morning.
Before I get into the 'how' let's first explore the 'why' ...
Why am I writing this?
Well the other week I asked my email list what did they want me to bombard them with because I'm sure you appreciate making any content is time-consuming and if it's not even useful then its not even time-consuming it's flat out time wasting (and especially on the part of my loyal emailers who trudge through the message...).
Thankfully because I do write useful content I got some great responses (and when I say some I mean too many for me to even deal with on my own!).
As usual when you ask any question - the responses were way off base to what I thought they would be.
While my loyal emailers had been loving the emails I had been slightly off the mark - good job I asked them what they wanted hey?
Pretty much every response said something like this:
"How on earth do I look after myself when I'm doing a million things & am expected to do even more with less than I had before..."
For me, the shift is super simple - I was helping them with their team and they wanted help for themselves.
Here's a quick why 'survival' is important:
FACT - we all need money.
FACT - you get money by working.
FACT - not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
FACT - 35% of all workplace illnesses in 2014/2015 was due to stress & was responsible for 43% of all working days lost
FACT - the main reason why people were off was 'workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support' (funnily enough the exact same thing my emailers said was a problem and they wanted help with...)
FACT - stress is big business but no one really seems to be focusing on really helping people with stress get through the day. Yes there are little bits here and there but most of it is weighted at the employer (and something we were guilty of... - sorry).
So today I hope to address this balance - I'm going to give away some of the simplest and easiest things you can do right now to get back to loving your life again (and even your job...)
Get ready for the how...
Step 1: Admit there is something getting you down right now.
This step is really important - but you also need to get specific.
Sit down and really go deep into your own life. Is it your job, is it your home life or is it your hair cut (trust me I've had a few bad hair cuts and really can make you feel awful!).
Be excruciatingly honest and get it out there - what really is the problem?
Often we trick ourselves into believing something is the problem when it isn't and not getting honest will mean you'll never really be able to overcome whatever is getting you down.
Step 2: Get excited by the prospect you can change your life.
No matter how bad life is right now (and I've been talking about some seriously dark subjects recently), there is always a way out.
You just need to decide right now that you are going to do whatever it takes to go after happiness.
You are going to release the victim attitude (that life happens to you), and instead, embrace the power attitude (that you happen to life).
This one mindset shift will change everything,
BUT - trust me getting this shift to be permanent is really hard & in the beginning you have to keep working at it.
There is something you can do to instantly give yourself a boost - get your superhero pose on (trust me this really works). If you're feeling rubbish right now then stand up and break into the Wonderwoman stance (hands on your hips and head held high), or put both hands in the air right up and look up. Hold this pose for a couple of minutes and you will feel amazing (but you'll need to do it more than once because it doesn't last forever).
Step 3: Make a plan.
Yup - it's now time to make a plan.
Having an idea and being pumped about shedding life stressors is great but until you make a plan you will have no idea how to go about changing your life and achieving life change.
Remember to make the plan as simple as possible so that you actually stick to it!
Ensure that you put stress reduction front and centre and not on a back burner.
Schedule in 30 minutes of funny every day - the science behind how amazing laughter is for you is crazy! (here's a little bit of the science just to prove I'm not completely batty - laughing increases serotonin (happy hormone) and reduces cortisol and epinephrine (stress & fear hormones).
Step 4: Download our free Mini-Guide 'How to survive your 9-5' and get 7 more hints, tips and tricks to overcome stress.
Step 5: Put it into action!
If you need help with step 5 then drop me a message and I'll be more than happy to help!
Have a great Tuesday & don't forget to pass this onto someone who needs it!
Catch you soon - Katie
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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