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Simply put, positive well-being isn’t the absence of negative emotions. True wellness is a state of action with the freedom to oscillate between positive and negative states of mind. In fact, negative emotions are extremely important! Like all emotions, they have a beginning, middle, and an end, and if you try to take a detour, that stress will continue to live in your body.
Naturally, burnout and emotional exhaustion are contiguous to the never-ending list; they’re the result of carrying too much for too long. Adding an extra layer to the issue, so much of what we carry is invisible, and the people in our lives — spouses, partners, team members — may not realize how heavy our emotional backpacks are or how many bricks are inside.
Regardless of how you do your to-dos — digital calendars, whiteboards, journals, voice messages to yourself — there are methods of getting the best out of lists without allowing them to become a source of all-consuming stress. These include the mental check-in/check-out, identifying natural start and stop points, defining “good enough,” and setting boundaries.
So, here it is (...ironically) — a to-do list for coping with never-ending to-do lists:
What is inspiration? It can feel like a mystery at times — something transcendent that just, well, happens. And while there is a certain magical quality about it, inspiration is not entirely outside your control!
Few people would argue that the world around us exists, that we exist. But certain neuroscientists, scientists, and researchers pose that we might not really see reality. It’s a paradox — your brain is telling you that your perceptions are real, that what you see, hear, feel, taste, smell is real, but your senses separate you from accessing the world directly.
No matter your profession, employers everywhere have been asking for more from their employees and vice versa. And with good reason! This past year was about redefining work-life-balance and everyone had to make some adjustments.
How do you accentuate or build upon the strengths that already exist on your team? The question you need to ask is: how do I get the best out of everybody, no matter who it is?
Focus on empowering both the individual and the group as a whole! It’s not a game of “either or.” In order for a team to thrive, everyone needs to feel empowered.
There are some clear choices you can make to begin building trust. It really does help to think of it as a foundation upon which you lay below all the other choices that make up your organization.
I realized that even before the separation COVID-19 caused, I may have been taking my relationships for granted, relying too heavily on the gift of proximity.