Slow Down! Your Ruining Your Own Working Day

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Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough working hours in the day? As though your every day at work feels like you’re trying to run through an assault course blindfolded with one arm tied behind your back? And your shoelaces tied together. It can feel like every day is a cacophonous barrage of sensory information, commands and scoldings punctuated by the occasional emotional breakdown. 

Who do we blame for these chaotic and often thoroughly miserable workdays? Our managers? Our colleagues? Our customers? While they may all contribute, ultimately, the only person we have to blame is ourselves. Take a deep breath and slow down. Because you could be ruining your own working day in a number of ways… 

Spending your day in a perpetual rush

Does it feel like every day is a sprint during which you have to constantly dodge obstacles that are coming at you out of nowhere? Or like you’re driving down the highway at 95 mph with only one hand on the wheel? Spending your days in a perpetual rush inevitably leads to mistakes, mishaps and misremembering. 

And if you raced out the door this morning with a flask of coffee in one hand and a cold piece of toast in the other, it’s likely that you got the day off to the worst possible start. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier, enjoy a more leisurely morning. Go for a jog and eat a nutritious breakfast. Make lists of what you need to accomplish and wrap your head around the day rather than letting it consume you. 

Having no outlet for workplace stress

While you can mentally prepare yourself for a rough day, you can always be sure that it’ll throw a curve ball right when you want one the least. And when that happens you need to be able to find a healthy outlet for your workplace stress. Go for a walk on your lunch break. Find somewhere quiet to practice mindfulness meditation for a few minutes. Pop a little CBD Oil under your tongue. Switch out your coffee for a herbal tea. Go to the gym and punch the hell out of a bag. There’s always a healthy way to reduce your workplace stress. 

Trying to cope with everything on your own

Internalizing all of your stress can not only make you miserable. It can also be ruinous to your health. Sure, you’re resourceful and resilient… but you can’t take on the whole world alone. It’s important to be able to talk to your friends your colleagues and, yes, even your boss if you feel like your working day is getting too much for you. There’s a difference between acknowledging that you could use a helping hand and admitting defeat. 

Rushing toward the weekend

Finally, as tempting as it may be to set your sights firmly on Saturday, that’s an ultimately sad and unfulfilling way to live your life. Because your weekends are massively outnumbered by your working days. Instead of deferring your fulfilment until the weekend, you need to find a way to make your working days more fulfilling and rewarding for you!

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