Managing Stress With Mindfulness
Moving can be one of the most stressful events in life. The logistics of packing, organising, and transporting all your belongings can be overwhelming, but as I learned recently it doesn't have to be. Instead of getting caught up in the emotion and overwhelm of it all, I was able to take a step back and have a clear vision of what I was looking for. By manifesting what I wanted in terms of the move, I was able to stay focused and not get stuck in the doing. By using mindfulness tools, you can make even the most challenging situations stress-free.
As a leader, stress is a part of your daily routine. However, not all stress is created equal. There's good stress that motivates and energises you, and there's harmful stress that can lead to burnout, poor decision-making, and other negative consequences.
Fortunately, the tools that helped me during my move can be used to manage stress in all aspects of life. Here are some practical tips for using mindfulness to remove harmful stress:
Set Intentions and Priorities
Before diving into your day, take a moment to set intentions and priorities. Ask yourself, "Who do I need to be today in order for the day to flow smoothly?" Identify the most critical tasks that need to be done and any other information or resources that you might need. Write it down in a journal or list to help organise your thoughts.
Practise Mindful Breathing
When you feel overwhelmed or stressed, take a few deep breaths and focus on your breath. Notice the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body. This simple practice can help you calm down and gain clarity.
Ask for Help
As leaders, we often feel like we need to do everything ourselves. However, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. Don't be afraid to delegate tasks to others who are better suited to do them. By working together, everyone benefits. At first I felt the same way about asking for help during the move but by getting family and friends together the whole process not only became easier, but it was actually fun? Something I never thought I would say about packing up a house!
Make it a Team Effort
Instead of micromanaging your team, involve them in the decision-making process. This is what I did with my kids. I allowed them to be in charge of packing up their rooms and after realising it was more fun to work together they decided to help each other get ready for the move and had a whole lot of fun during the process. So when it comes to your team, encourage them to share their ideas and perspectives. When everyone feels like they have a stake in the outcome, they're more likely to be invested in the success of the project.
By incorporating these mindfulness tools into your daily routine, you can remove harmful stress from your life and achieve greater clarity and focus. As a corporate executive, your time is valuable, and your well-being is essential. Prioritising your mental health and using these tools will help you to perform at your best, make sound decisions, and lead your team to success.
Stress doesn't have to be an inevitable part of the corporate world. By utilising mindfulness tools, you can take control of your stress levels and lead a more productive, fulfilling life. So, take a deep breath, set your intentions, and tackle the day with a clear mind and a positive attitude.
If you're struggling with stressors in your career and in your life, consider booking a clarity call with me today. I can help you identify the tools you already have available to make dealing with stress and easier part of your experience and how you can use that stress to unlock your inner genius, and develop a plan for achieving your goals. Stress doesn't have to be the enemy with the right guidance and I have a few spots left for 1:1 coaching this year.