anxiety

Getting Used To Your Old Office Environment

Now that some public establishments are starting to re-open, more people are slowly returning back to their offices. 

If you’ve been working from home these past several months, chances are by now you’ve established a pretty solid routine. 

Even if you’re excited to go back to work, everything from the commute to waking up early likely will take some time to get used to.

Here are 3 tips that can help you adjust!

Connect With Your Team:

No matter what industry you’re in, connecting with your team is so important.

Establishing relationships with coworkers both face to face and virtually can help provide you with a sense of belonging and community. It can also make it easier to work together towards common goals. 

Plan Your Days In Advance:

Setting aside just ten minutes every evening to plan the following day can work wonders on your overall performance.

We all have our own focus style. Some of us get our best work done first thing in the morning, while others thrive in the evening.

Independent high-value tasks that require intense concentration should be done during your peak times. 

On another note, high-value tasks that require collaboration will require some flexibility and compromise. 

Be sure to ask your teammates what their peak hours are. If you have the same schedule, that’s great! If not, you’ll have to land on a happy medium. 

Take Some Time To Relax:

It’s no secret that commuting can be exhausting at times. When you get home from work, it’s not uncommon to dive into housework or prepare dinner. 

However, doing so can be very overwhelming and draining. 

Instead, give yourself some time to relax and get out of work mode. Proper and consistent relaxation helps us stay productive, energized and motivated! Exactly what we all need after a long day at the office. Learn More

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Dealing With Stress One Step At A Time

The past several months have not been easy. We are dealing with a global pandemic, uncertainty, change and confusion.

When our days are full of so many unknowns, it’s common for our mind to get stuck on worst-case scenarios. 

No matter what you want to accomplish or move past, you just have to take it one step at a time. Here are 4 strategies that can help you get started.

Get Creative

Everything is figure-outable. Just because you haven’t landed on a solution yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. You can call up a friend and ask for their input, do some research, or journal.

Practice Gratitude

There is always something to be grateful for. When life gets busy, we can forget how lucky we are.

Here’s some homework. Grab a pen and paper and write down five things or people you are grateful for.

Don’t stop there.

After that, go ahead and write down why you are grateful for those things/people.

Doing so can help you form a deeper appreciation for the little things.

Think About What You’ve Learned

Every stressful situation can help you see things in a new way. Every learning experience, no matter how big or small, is something to be grateful for.

Take a Time Out

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes you need to take a step back and spend some time alone.

Go somewhere quiet, sit down and close your eyes. Practice your breathing and think positive thoughts. Once you’ve taken the time to calm down, you can re-enter the situation and go from there. Learn More

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Saying No Without Feeling Guilty

Do you feel like you have to say yes to everything?

Is your body and brain telling you that they need a break?

Are you ready to start putting yourself first? 

If so, you’re in the right place! Keep on reading to learn how to say no without feeling guilty. 

The next time someone comes to you with a request, instead of immediately saying yes or no, hit the pause button and take some time to think. You can thank them for the offer and let them know you will think about it and get back to them soon. If you’re not sure what to do next, here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

1) Do you have time to complete the project?

2) Is this project something you want to do?

3) Will this project help you in the present or future?

Now, don’t feel pressured to answer these questions right away. Take all the time you need and most importantly be honest with yourself.  If you’ve decided you’d like to pass on the opportunity, here are a couple of scripts you can use to let them know.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity, but I don’t think I’m the best person for this project.”

” I wish I could help, but I simply don’t have the time right now. Wishing you the best of luck.”

“Thank you for thinking of me; however, I am not comfortable doing that.”

Remember, time is the one thing we never get back. You deserve to spend your days doing what makes you happy and proud!  Learn More

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What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

It’s All About Prioritizing:

Writing out a daily to-do list is a fantastic habit. You just have to learn how to prioritize your tasks appropriately.

Think about it. When you have a 2+ page to-do list, it can be hard to know where to start and where to stop.

Here’s the secret. You have to evaluate what must be completed right away and what can be tackled later on or delegated. A great hack is the ABC method. Label all tasks on your list with either an A, B, or C.

The “A” tasks must be completed before moving onto the “B” tasks. And the “B” tasks must be completed before moving onto the “C” tasks.

At the end of the day, whatever is not complete can be delegated or tackled the next day.

Beware of Multitasking:

Our brains are not programmed to work on multiple projects at once.

When we multitask, we are much more likely to make careless mistakes. It can also be quite emotionally draining and frustrated, which can be very overwhelming.

Take It One Step At A Time:

One of the best ways to achieve a big goal is to break it up into smaller, more realistic goals.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’ve never done a pushup before, and you’d love to be able to do 50 in a row. Even if you are very dedicated, it likely will take lots of practice and discipline.

A more realistic goal would be to do one pushup today, two pushups tomorrow, and three the next day. It will take you a bit longer to get to 50, but you will get there. Every victory no matter how small, is something to be celebrated.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Due to the pandemic, many of us have had to face additional mental health obstacles.

Now that the initial shock is starting to wear off, more and more people are starting to worry about the future.

Will our jobs be waiting for us?

Will our companies still be in business?

Will our loved ones be safe?

“It’s just another shock to the system. This is not just going to be two weeks; this is going to be longer than that. People are experiencing increased anxiety, stress, depression, feelings of isolation.” – Dr. Ryan Scott

Right now, since we don’t have as much on our plate, it’s easy to get sucked into watching Netflix all day. 

Take some time every day to think about what’s really important in life. Reach out to the people you love, get in some physical activity, or get lost in a good book. We may not know what the future has in store. No matter what we do or how we feel, the time will pass. Every day is a new day to reflect, grow and be happy. 

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How to Calm Down Your Anxious Child

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Do you ever feel like nothing you say or do can help your child calm down? If so, you’re in the right place. Here are a few ways you can help manage your child’s anxiety.

Breathe

When a child is anxious, it’s typical for them to take fast and shallow breaths, which can actually make their anxiety worse.

Now, if your child is having trouble with their breathing, you can practice with them.

Show them how to breathe in through their nose and out through their mouth at a slow pace.

Narrow Focus

If your child has a great imagination, this may be the technique for them.

Simply ask them to imagine their happy place.

What is a happy place, you ask?

It’s a place they feel comfortable, relaxed and of course happy.

If they want to go the extra mile, they can even draw their happy place! Your fridge can never have too much artwork, after all.

Embrace Humor

Never underestimate the power of a good laugh.

Whether your little one likes to tell jokes, play games, or watch a funny show, every bit of laughter helps.

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Most People With Social Anxiety Crave These Things

Most People With Social Anxiety Crave These Things

Just because you have social anxiety, doesn’t mean you don’t crave connection, growth, or confidence. Sound interesting? All you have to do is keep on reading.

Connection

Relationships are such an important part of life. They give us meaning, a sense of security and happiness.

It’s completely normal to feel uncomfortable when trying to meet new people. But the more you practice, the easier it’ll become.

Growth

Personal growth is the recipe to a better and happier you. By reading this article, you’re already one step in the right direction.

Confidence

Confidence isn’t something that develops overnight. It takes time, dedication and bravery.

Those of us with social anxiety, often want to appear confident in social situations.

Every single social interaction is the perfect opportunity to practice.

Make small talk with your sales associate. Ask a stranger for directions. Practice makes perfect.

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Helping Your Friend Through Anxiety

Helping Your Friend Through Anxiety

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Have someone in your life who suffers from anxiety? If so, check out the link below for seven ways you can help them get through it.

Offer Support: Sometimes, all we need is someone to listen to us. Have you ever had a bad day? Trick question! We all have. In life there will be those situations where you just don’t know what to say. What you can do is listen!

Encourage Them To Challenge Their Thoughts: Those with anxiety, often struggle with black and white thinking.

Here are a few questions you can ask that may help switch their mindset.

1) What’s the worst that can happen?

2) How likely is that outcome?

3) How can we turn this negative into a positive?

Ask Them What They Need: Everyone has different ways of coping with anxiety. You’re not a mind reader.You may not know what someone else needs unless you ask. The answer may surprise you.

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