Burnout has become such a common issue that the World Health Organization reports it an occupational phenomena that includes a host of mental health challenges. Some of the strongest, most ambitious women can experience burnout because it happens gradually, as we tackle project after project, not realizing how steeped we are in overwhelming tasks.
To hack the burnout and stay centered and focused, there are many steps you can take. The first hack is daily meditation and you don’t have to be a guru to incorporate it into your life. Here are some simple ways you can reduce the risk of burnout and put your best self forward.
Often we wake up and feel compelled to check our email and read messages or the latest news. However, doing this doesn’t give you a chance to become grounded and centered before you start your day and, in fact, has been found to have a negative effect on our minds.
However, taking just a few minutes – as little as five up to 30 minutes – each morning to focus on yourself, your breathing, and your intentions, will help you prepare for the rest of the day.
Although meditation is beneficial any time of day, experts report the effects of meditation are most optimal during “ambrosial hours” which is in the morning hours.
Set Your Intentions
Meditation will help you to mindfully set your intentions for the day. This will help you to stay focused on the tasks you need to accomplish rather than becoming frazzled and distracted from your goals.
When we are clear on where we want to go, we are better prepared to overcome potential obstacles and challenges.
Choose To Be Your Best Self
According to U.C. Berkeley, mindfulness means “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.”
When you begin to meditate daily, you will naturally become more mindful with each moment. Aware of your thoughts and environment in a way that guides you to responding appropriately in a way that is in alignment with who you want to be, rather than being reactionary and coming from a place of fear.
The benefits of mindfulness and meditation cannot be understated and many successful people have known this for years. If you are ready to hack the burnout and begin a journey of fulfillment and purpose, reach out today and let’s get you started.