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Personal Stress

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” By Naphtali Hoff of Smart Brief”

One of the greatest challenges for professionals is to leave behind their personal challenges when they enter the workplace. We all have a job to do, but when there are struggles at home or with family, such as illness, financial pressures or familial discord, it can be really difficult to hunker down and focus enough to get work done.

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Trick Yourself

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“By Susie Neilson of The Cut”

Your body is a fickle thing. Even when you somehow manage to resist the Instagram rabbit holes, Netflix binges, and nagging anxieties to get a full night’s sleep, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to spend the next day feeling chipper. While nearly two-thirds of American adults regularly get at least seven hours of sleep, only one in seven wakes up feeling refreshed every day of the week. What’s more, 45 percent of those getting seven to eight hours a night still feel fatigued as many as three days a week. On the other hand, there are those weird days where you’ve spent the night tossing and turning, get out of bed in the morning expecting to feel like a zombie, and … actually feel pretty okay. Normal, even.

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Stressful, Dangerous and Great

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” By April Fulton, of NPR”

If you think your job is more stressful than it should be, you’re not alone.

Americans work hard, and it takes a physical and mental toll, not to mention that it frequently cuts into personal time, according to a comprehensive survey on working conditions the nonpartisan RAND Corporation published Monday. But having a good boss and good friends on the job can make work feel less taxing.

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Strength To Be Successful

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“By Amy Morin, Business Philosophy”

Becoming mentally strong will separate you from the pack and help you achieve higher levels of success.

Everyone possesses mental strength to some degree. But the stronger you are, the more likely you are to achieve bigger and better goals.

Here are seven reasons why you need mental strength to be successful

1. Mental strength conquers self-doubt.
Whether your ambition is to run a marathon, or your goal is to double your revenue, you’ll likely experience self-doubt at one time or another. Questioning your goal—and your ability to achieve it—is a normal part of the attainment process. But when you’re mentally strong, you’ll be able to reframe your negative self-talk so you can continue working toward your goal with increased confidence.

2. Mental strength keeps you motivated.
It’s easy to stick to your goals when you feel motivated, but motivation waxes and wanes. Mental strength will help you keep moving toward your goal, even on the days you don’t feel like it. You’ll be able to dig deep and discover the inner strength you need when you’re tired, discouraged or unambitious.

3. Mental strength helps you tune out unhelpful advice.
Whether you want to please others or prove them wrong, other people’s opinions can easily drown out your own voice. Mental strength will help you tune out the unhelpful criticism and bad advice from those around you. Being strong will help you stay true to your values and keep you focused on making the best decisions, regardless of the feedback you receive from those around you.

4. Mental strength ensures you’ll learn from your mistakes.
Hiding your mistakes or making excuses for your blunders increases the chances that you’ll repeat those mistakes again. Mental strength helps you humbly accept responsibility for your actions so you can truly learn from your mistakes. With each lesson you learn, you’ll grow one step closer toward reaching your goal.

5. Mental strength provides courage to face your fears.
Stepping outside your comfort zone is difficult, but mental strength gives you the courage to face your fears head-on. When you’re feeling strong, you’ll have confidence that you can tolerate discomfort and you’ll be willing to move forward, despite your distress.

6. Mental strength assists you in bouncing back from failure.
While failure causes some people to give up, mentally strong people bounce back from failure even better than before. Mentally strong people have a high enough self-worth that they’re able to tolerate repeat failure without fear of ridicule. Building mental strength will help you use failure as a stepping stone to future success.

7. Mental strength helps you regulate your emotions.
The road to success is often filled with emotional highs and lows. If you lack adequate skills to regulate your emotions, you’ll struggle to resist temptation, delay gratification and take calculated risks. Mental strength is the key to controlling your emotions, so your feelings don’t cloud your judgement or lead you astray.

There will always be obstacles and challenges that threaten to derail your road to success. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to life’s inevitable obstacles so you can overcome setbacks with confidence.

13 Things People Do

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“By Amy Morin, Business Philosophy”

For more than a decade in my work as a psychotherapist, I helped clients identify their existing talents, skills and support systems. Then we’d figure out how to address their struggles by expanding on their existing strengths. For much of my career, I felt like this positive plan of attack was an effective way to help people overcome adversity.

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How the Apple Watch, Fitbit and Other Wearables Are Transforming the Workplace

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“By Wendy McMahon, of BizTech”

From Fitbits to the Apple Watch, wearable technologies have become incredibly popular with consumers.

Many large organizations, intrigued by the extraordinary value that wearables can deliver, are looking to bring them into the enterprise as well. Wearables can help both large businesses and public-sector enterprises save money, boost productivity, improve safety and enhance learning, researchers and analysts say.

Fitness trackers, smart watches and smart glasses, augmented reality headbands and even smart clothing equipped with biometric sensors are among the most popular wearable devices for the enterprise market, says Aditya Kaul, research director for Tractica.

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

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“By Michael Hyatt, of MichaelHyatt.com”

The weekend gives most of us the chance to downshift and recharge. But how often do we seize on it to catch up or get ahead on our work instead?

If researchers are right, more than ever before. Not only are we working more hours on the weekend, we’re cramming the time with more chores, errands, and other to-dos. “[T]he data support the theory that Sundays … are becoming ever-more harried,” says one report.

Why? We like the feeling of being productive and getting ahead. But we should slow down and resist the temptation.

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Are You Suffering From PTDD?

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By Chelsea Rowe, contributor for fistfuloftalent.com

So, you spent the last few days binge eating turkey, mashed potatoes and (the ever so aptly named) stuffing. You even spent a few hours basking in the glory of family, at least until the pleasantries expired and your mother-in-law opted to rearrange your living room… again.

The turkey and in-laws are gone, you’ve pulled out your holiday sweaters, returned the couch to its proper location, and now you’re back at the office—which means that Thanksgiving is officially over. I’m hear to talk to you about a serious issue that is sweeping our nation. We are experiencing the very first stages of an epidemic. A disease that will affect millions in the coming weeks.

That’s right, FOT Nation, I’m talking about PTDD:

Post Thanksgiving Depressive Disorder (PTDD): A mood disorder caused by a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest in work activities, which one normally tolerates with a simultaneous desire to engage in holiday activities—therefore distinguishing it from seasonal affective disorders and other depressive syndromes.

Common symptoms of PTDD include:

  • Obsessive and/or compulsive planning of remaining PTO, counting down the days until you set your out-of-office replies.
  • Changes in appetite, accompanied by increased cravings for gingerbread, gelt, candy canes, and the like.
  • Feelings of guilt, fixated on time spent on non-holiday related tasks.
  • Feelings of jealousy directed towards colleagues who are on vacation.
  • In extreme cases, victims may be found staring at holiday images in a catatonic, trance-like state.

If you, or someone you know is affected by PTDD, there is hope. While 100% of PTDD sufferers find relief sometime in the first week of January, there are steps you can take in the meantime to provide relief. Experts suggest the following 5 activities to keep yourself productive:

1Keep a stash of holiday treats in your desk. Although limiting one’s intake is suggested to prevent weight gain.

2. Revisit those quarterly and annual goals you and/or your boss ever so diligently set for your bad self. Hopefully there are some items you can valiantly check off your list, categorized as glorious successes! Look at the incomplete items and figure out what you can do between now and Christmas to make meaningful progress.

3. Write (and actually send) ‘Thank You’ notes. To employees, to colleagues, to clients, to contractors, to your spouse. The world needs more thank yous and you’ll never go wrong.

4. Scrape the dust off that handy development plan. Apply the same ideas from the first item of this list. Tackling or planning something from your development plan is a good way to break up the monotony that is all too familiar this time of year.

5. Find a shadowy corner of your cube and do a little holiday shopping. After all, today is cyber Monday!  Word on the street is J.Crew Factory is 50% off… just saying.

If you’re fighting the PTDD battle, there’s hope. You’re not alone; we’re all in this together.

Mental Vacations: The New Way to Travel

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We all crave space. We all need space.

Life can feel suffocating. People crowd us. Fully booked schedules lock us in.  Mental chatter can feel like our own personal prison, keeping us present to all the doubts and worries we don’t want to hear. It’s like an episode of Hoarders, but inside our own heads. We hold onto doubt and worries WAY longer than we need to. Soon there’s no room to imagine, create, and dream.

When you create space, you allow yourself to expand. When you expand, your energy shifts to a place of openness and possibility, and from there things start to flow. What you want starts to manifest.

If you’re in a job rut… offers start to come.
If you’re in a romantic funk… hot men and dates come out of nowhere.
If you’re stressed to the max… the things you no longer need to worry about just fall off the map.
If you’ve been feeling stuck or stagnant, you just need a vacation. You don’t need to book a flight to your favorite destination or shell out a ton of money on a trip to get space in your life.

You can create space right now, wherever you are.

Through meditation you can create a thought sanctuary. We don’t always have the freedom in our jobs or the abundance in our bank account to jet half way across the world. Here’s how you can get instant space and relief with a mental vacation:

  1. Set aside 15 minutes. There’s nothing you need to accomplish during this time, no tasks, no to-dos. Just be present. Free yourself from any distractions (phone silenced, door closed, etc) in order for you to fully enjoy this experience.
  2. Settle into a quiet (and ideally private) environment. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position that allows your body to relax, and then close your eyes.
  3. Breath is one of the easiest ways to give yourself more space. Take 6 slow inhales and exhales. Focus on filling your lungs all the way up, and then empty them all the way out. Be generous with your breath, giving your body some extra oxygen. Feel your muscles relaxing, and your body becoming more at ease.
  4. Give yourself permission to totally unwind and release any worries. Breathe for about 1 minute, acknowledging the thoughts swirling in your mind, and then one by one let them go.
  5. Imagine yourself in paradise (beach, mountains, fluffy white clouds, royal palace, Zen spa… whatever you like!). There are no rules or restrictions for this mental paradise. Begin to see the details all around you. What is the scent of this place? What colors do you see? What sort of view do you have? What are you eating or drinking for pleasure? What can you feel on your skin, under your feet? What is the temperature? What sounds do you hear (music, birds, waves, silence)? Open yourself up to a full sensory experience.
  6. Decide what this mental vacation offers you: relaxation, inspiration, healing, laughter, connection, fun. Now, give yourself the time and space to sit back and enjoy your mental vacation. Spend at least 10 minutes here, 15 minutes ideally.
  7. Before you return from your trip to mental bliss, capture the energy you feel so you can take it back with you. Come back to your mental vacation as often as desired. It is always there for you.

Your thoughts create your reality. Use the power of your mind to create your very own dream vacation in a few minutes. Enjoy. 

By Rebecca Niziol, Career Girl Network Contributor

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

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By Jeff Haden, Inc.com Contributor
 
Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don’t do.
Happiness—in your business life and your personal life—is often a matter of subtraction, not addition.

Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things:

1. Blaming.

People make mistakes. Employees don’t meet your expectations. Vendors don’t deliver on time.

So you blame them for your problems.

But you’re also to blame. Maybe you didn’t provide enough training. Maybe you didn’t build in enough of a buffer. Maybe you asked too much, too soon.

Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn’t masochistic, it’s empowering—because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.

And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.

2. Impressing.

No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Those are all “things.” People may like your things—but that doesn’t mean they like you.

Sure, superficially they might seem to, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship that is not based on substance is not a real relationship.

Genuine relationships make you happier, and you’ll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.

3. Clinging.

When you’re afraid or insecure, you hold on tightly to what you know, even if what you know isn’t particularly good for you.

An absence of fear or insecurity isn’t happiness: It’s just an absence of fear or insecurity.

Holding on to what you think you need won’t make you happier; letting go so you can reach for and try to earn what you want will.

Even if you don’t succeed in earning what you want, the act of trying alone will make you feel better about yourself.

4. Interrupting.

Interrupting isn’t just rude. When you interrupt someone, what you’re really saying is, “I’m not listening to you so I can understand what you’re saying; I’m listening to you so I can decide what I want to say.”

Want people to like you? Listen to what they say. Focus on what they say. Ask questions to make sure you understand what they say.

They’ll love you for it—and you’ll love how that makes you feel.

5. Whining.

Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better.

If something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you’ll have to do that. So why waste time? Fix it now.

Don’t talk about what’s wrong. Talk about how you’ll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.

And do the same with your friends or colleagues. Don’t just be the shoulder they cry on.

Friends don’t let friends whine—friends help friends make their lives better.

6. Controlling.

Yeah, you’re the boss. Yeah, you’re the titan of industry. Yeah, you’re the small tail that wags a huge dog.

Still, the only thing you really control is you. If you find yourself trying hard to control other people, you’ve decided that you, your goals, your dreams, or even just your opinions are more important than theirs.

Plus, control is short term at best, because it often requires force, or fear, or authority, or some form of pressure—none of those let you feel good about yourself.

Find people who want to go where you’re going. They’ll work harder, have more fun, and create better business and personal relationships.

And all of you will be happier.

7. Criticizing.

Yeah, you’re more educated. Yeah, you’re more experienced. Yeah, you’ve been around more blocks and climbed more mountains and slayed more dragons.

That doesn’t make you smarter, or better, or more insightful.

That just makes you you: unique, matchless, one of a kind, but in the end, just you.

Just like everyone else—including your employees.

Everyone is different: not better, not worse, just different. Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you’ll see people—and yourself—in a better light.

8. Preaching.

Criticizing has a brother. His name is Preaching. They share the same father: Judging.

The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything—and to tell people everything you think you know.

When you speak with more finality than foundation, people may hear you but they don’t listen. Few things are sadder and leave you feeling less happy.

9. Dwelling.

The past is valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Then let it go.

Easier said than done? It depends on your focus. When something bad happens to you, see that as a chance to learn something you didn’t know. When another person makes a mistake, see that as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.

The past is just training; it doesn’t define you. Think about what went wrong, but only in terms of how you will make sure that, next time, you and the people around you will know how to make sure it goes right.

10. Fearing.

We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, or what we won’t be able to do, or how other people might perceive us.

So it’s easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by.

And so do our dreams.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today.

If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step.

Put your fears aside and get started. Do something. Do anything.

Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

Today is the most precious asset you own—and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.

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