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Week 28 – The Power of Reflection

If you found yourself concerned with several of the 12 signs of stress from Week 23’s mini assessment, medicine you may have unknowingly drifted into the danger zone of high stress.  But now that you’re paying attention, you can take action to deal with stress before it becomes debilitating or leads to burnout.

  1. Take a few moments when your thoughts are clear (probably early in the morning) and make a list of all the to-do’s on your plate, even those that aren’t causing your stress. Group them into the four following buckets. Then focus your energy on getting the first category done before doing the others. Watch your sense of control increase and stress decrease.
    1. Important and urgent – family responsibilities
    2. Important and not urgent – planning a future event
    3. Not important but urgent – running errands
    4. Not important and not urgent – shopping for new clothes
  2. Make time to care for yourself. Often when we’re stressed, the first things to go are exercise, sleep, healthy nutrition and time with loved ones. Make these things a priority to give you the energy you need to do all that needs to be done, at work and at home.  Your family and friends are there to help you when you need help.  Don’t be afraid to ask.
  3. Plan 10-20 minutes early in the morning, before your day gets too busy by taking long, deep, relaxing breaths.  This will calm your mind and help you start your day feeling more refreshed and less rushed. If possible, do the same thing at night, just before bed to improve your sleep.
  4. Write down the chatter. Often when we feel stressed, the chatter increases and adds more stress. Write down the things that are occupying your mind to deal with them when you have time, Sort them based on importance and urgency by using the 4 buckets above.  You’ll find that it will free you mind and help you feel more in control.

Paying attention to your stress levels when the danger warnings are present is the best investment you can make in your well-being. And if you find that coping with the stresses of life and work becomes too difficult to handle, ask your family, friends and co-workers for help.  Find a coach or seek professional help. With stress being a constant in our lives, managing it has become as critical to our well-being as feeding our bodies with healthy foods and staying active.

 

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands and transitions.  She is the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
If you found yourself concerned with several of the 12 signs of stress from Week 23’s mini assessment, story you may have unknowingly drifted into the danger zone of high stress.  But now that you’re paying attention, and you can take action to deal with stress before it becomes debilitating or leads to burnout.

  1. Take a few moments when your thoughts are clear (probably early in the morning) and make a list of all the to-do’s on your plate, thumb even those that aren’t causing your stress. Group them into the four following buckets. Then focus your energy on getting the first category done before doing the others. Watch your sense of control increase and stress decrease.
    1. Important and urgent – family responsibilities
    2. Important and not urgent – planning a future event
    3. Not important but urgent – running errands
    4. Not important and not urgent – shopping for new clothes
  2. Make time to care for yourself. Often when we’re stressed, the first things to go are exercise, sleep, healthy nutrition and time with loved ones. Make these things a priority to give you the energy you need to do all that needs to be done, at work and at home.  Your family and friends are there to help you when you need help.  Don’t be afraid to ask.
  3. Plan 10-20 minutes early in the morning, before your day gets too busy by taking long, deep, relaxing breaths.  This will calm your mind and help you start your day feeling more refreshed and less rushed. If possible, do the same thing at night, just before bed to improve your sleep.
  4. Write down the chatter. Often when we feel stressed, the chatter increases and adds more stress. Write down the things that are occupying your mind to deal with them when you have time, Sort them based on importance and urgency by using the 4 buckets above.  You’ll find that it will free you mind and help you feel more in control.

Paying attention to your stress levels when the danger warnings are present is the best investment you can make in your well-being. And if you find that coping with the stresses of life and work becomes too difficult to handle, ask your family, friends and co-workers for help.  Find a coach or seek professional help. With stress being a constant in our lives, managing it has become as critical to our well-being as feeding our bodies with healthy foods and staying active.

 

Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands and transitions.  She is the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 
We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day business of work that we often forget to celebrate the successes that we’ve achieved. Whether it’s making a huge sale, healing solving a system issues or collecting a substantial overdue account, price they are all worthy of celebration. But it’s isn’t only about celebrating the big moments. Sometimes a small achievement is just as worthy of celebration because of the incredible ingenuity that led to solving the problem. A celebration recognizes the efforts that employees put into getting the work done. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Say thank you and/or send a note, purchase acknowledge their efforts; or buy a round of coffee, treats or pizza. Let others in the organization know that you’re celebrating or recognizing the efforts of your employees. Make celebration a part of your everyday work and watch engagement soar.

 

 
We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day business of work that we often forget to celebrate the successes that we’ve achieved. Whether it’s making a huge sale, medications solving a system issues or collecting a substantial overdue account, doctor they are all worthy of celebration. But it’s isn’t only about celebrating the big moments. Sometimes a small achievement is just as worthy of celebration because of the incredible ingenuity that led to solving the problem. A celebration recognizes the efforts that employees put into getting the work done. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Say thank you and/or send a note, acknowledge their efforts; or buy a round of coffee, treats or pizza. Let others in the organization know that you’re celebrating or recognizing the efforts of your employees. Make celebration a part of your everyday work and watch engagement soar.
We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day business of work that we often forget to celebrate the successes that we’ve achieved. Whether it’s making a huge sale, solving a system issues or collecting a substantial overdue account, link they are all worthy of celebration. But it’s isn’t only about celebrating the big moments. Sometimes a small achievement is just as worthy of celebration because of the incredible ingenuity that led to solving the problem. A celebration recognizes the efforts that employees put into getting the work done. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Say thank you and/or send a note, buy acknowledge their efforts; or buy a round of coffee, treats or pizza. Let others in the organization know that you’re celebrating or recognizing the efforts of your employees. Make celebration a part of your everyday work and watch engagement soar.

 

 
Reflection is like the silence between the notes of a musical piece.  Without silence, check all we would hear is a myriad of jumbled sounds. Without silence there would be no time to let the musical notes soak in and touch our soul. It is in that silence that we come to recognize the harmony or dis-harmony in all aspects of life.  Silence becomes the teacher. A life lived on purpose doesn’t happen by chance.  It requires planning, effort and commitment.  It also requires reflection. And questioning is at the heart of reflection. It allows us to see what’s happening along our journey, ask to understand the impact of the choices we make and to acknowledge our experiences and accomplishments. Reflection reminds us to treasure the insights and learning we gain along the journey and to recognize, appreciate and accept our own truths. It creates opportunities, privileged moments of encounter, wisdom, insights, AHA moments and clarity. It allows us to evaluate the path chosen and search for answers to continue on our life’s journey. Why is reflection so important? A wise professor once told me that personal leadership is born out of self-knowledge. One must have a good sense of where one is, where one has been, before one can know where one needs to go.  That is the essence of what reflection does.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.