During the holidays, how about planning some time to get away from it all? There are lots of reasons to do this: managing stress, maintaining perspective and balance, enjoying yourself, making sure you don’t lose it when it matters and getting to the end of the holidays in one piece.
It can be just a day or a few hours or it can be longer. It is up to you. What do you think you need? What will you do? Where will you go?
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Sometimes you can get yourself into a state of confusion without realizing you are there. Many things can create confusion: overwhelm, not knowing what to do, not wanting to face something or losing your center. When this happens, your performance suffers, sometimes in a big way.
Confusion can be stealthy and difficult to recognize. When you recognize the signs of confusion – perhaps extreme emotional reactions, getting stuck, prolonged inefficiency or ineffectiveness, frustration, conflict or too many things going wrong – you are halfway to getting out of it. Take some time to re-center yourself. Look carefully at the source(s) of your confusion and take appropriate action to get back on your game. Confusion does you no good. Limit its ability to get the better of you.
If you’d like more, see my blog post, Ten Steps To Get Out Of Confusion Fast.
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In many arenas now, the change and chaos never seem to stop. At times, they come at you rapid-fire. The challenge is that you cannot control what is happening. However, you can control yourself and your response to it all. In work and other areas of life, what do you do when it keeps on coming?
To start, you can pull yourself out of the fray for a while. You can discriminate on your sources of information. You can be aware of when things get to be too much and take appropriate action. You can find a context for it all, so it does not seem inexplicable. You can take action, if you want to be part of a solution. When it keeps on coming, take care of yourself. Find a way to stay standing, until it passes.
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Peace is achievable. Do you want some? It may take focus and effort, but you can do it. Start by carving out a small amount of time each day to create some peace. Even 5 minutes is okay. When can you do so? At what time of day? What gives you peace? Quiet? Alone time? Time with family or a friend? Being in nature? It is individual for each of us.
Creating peace in each day will make so many aspects of your life better. Give it a try!
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It would be nice to have a pressure valve to release the stress you encounter. Perhaps you can create one. What would do it for you? Some possibilities: one scheduled weekend off a month, a yearly vacation away from it all, scheduled time alone, regular activities doing things that fuel you or simplifying your life in ways that bring you peace.
Do you need some relief? Do what you can to find some.
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When it comes to your workload, have you ever felt like you are in a rowboat with no oars heading to the edge of a waterfall? What do you do when there is way too much to do and time is moving on? Sometimes, it is too much to handle and there’s no time to even think straight. It seems, lately, that everything is speeding up and expectations are high.
It may or may not be possible to keep up, but best that you find out and proceed accordingly. Take a moment now to reflect on your workload and how you are doing. Are adjustments needed? What kind of adjustments – by you or by others? How much control do you have or need to have?
It may be that, in the rush, you become faster and more efficient. Or, it may be that you have to help others recognize that their expectations are not realistic. Whatever the case, take care of yourself and your career and make sure that you do not go over that waterfall.
Do you place high value on quiet time? Getting it requires strong intention and commitment, with the pace of our world today. Most likely, I do not have to tell you the benefits of quiet time; you know them.
If you are getting enough quiet time, good for you! If you are not, how about starting with a half hour once a week? It’s contagious!
People differ in their responses to technology and in how much they can and can’t handle. One thing to avoid is tech-overload – allowing technology to get the better of you, overwhelm you or stress you out. Knowing how to manage your use of technology helps you maintain balance and sanity.
Do you know your tech-overload level? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
• What are the signs that I have had too much technology?
• What aspects of technology get me tired and off center (e.g. too much internet surfing, too long on a social media site, having too many e mails to answer or getting blurry-eyed from too much time on your computer or phone)?
• What’s my optimum balance in using and not using technology to get my work done?
• When does technology begin to diminish my creativity and efficiency?
Knowing your tech-overload level helps you manage your work and life. To everything there is a season and time. That includes technology, too.
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Laughter is much more than a spontaneous response to humor or pleasure. If used well, it can be a stress-reliever, a reply to the world or a way to defuse a tense situation. Do you consciously use laughter to your and others’ benefit? For example, when the world or your work introduces something absurd do you use laughter to maintain your sense of reality? Or, when you are stressed do you seek out laughter to balance your stress? It is an art, but have you ever used humor in an uncomfortable situation, so that everyone can regain perspective?
Try looking at laughter as a helpful tool. It is a powerful act that can be used in many ways.
Can you think of others ways you use or can use laughter?
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1. Take a nap
2. Make a change of scene
3. Watch a video that makes you laugh
4. Talk to or text someone who makes you happy
5. Do something that fuels you
6. Find the cause of your weariness, so that you can correct it
8. Plan a future vacation
9. Nurture yourself
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