Posted in Notes: work related topics

Coping with work stress.

With a modern way of life work stress has become something normal. We have lots of tasks, deadlines, projects etc, and we are so caught up with all that is happening, that we do not even notice that we are stressed. Somehow we ignore the fact that sometimes we just have too much on our plate, and we are too stressed. We ignore the symptoms and believe that they will just go away, but unfortunately it is not true.

The pressure in our society is huge nowadays, we are supposed to be everything and everywhere: we need to work, study, go to gym, have family, have hobbies etc. And then, when it comes to work, the load of it and the deadlines are giving the constant pressure on us, and I notice how harsh we can be on ourselves for not being perfect, for not being able to do everything.

What to do to ease the stress:

  1. Let it go! Just let it go, it’s difficult, but once you reach the point, when you are ready to let go all of your worries, you will find peace and balance. We can’t do it all, no one can. We are all humans and no one is perfect.
  2.  Be honest with your boss. If you have too much to do at work- say it! Say it out loud to your boss, explain the situation with reasonable arguments. I do believe that if we explain everything, our boss will understand or at least try to understand, and even though he(she) might not lower the amount of work immediately, but maybe  he (she) will think if they should reconsider the resource allocation.
  3. Open up to your family/friends. They might not understated exactly your situation, but the words of support are the best cure for stress. And just acknowledging the problem will help you to cope with stress. If we keep storing all negative emotions we have from work stress inside, it will have negative consequence on our lives and health.

 

You can find an interesting article on how stress affects our health by HealthLine https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#1 , so the range of diseases and symptoms we might get from stress varies from simple headaches to insomnia and risk of heart attack.

Constant stress is not a normal state of our body and mind, so if you feel stressed, do not neglect it, seek for help and find a way to reach balance in order to have a happy and healthy life.

May the force be with you!

Cheers

Daria

Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

How to get inspired? Step 1.

We all want to find inspiration and motivation. However it is extremely difficult to start changing your habits and fall out of routine. So here are some tricks on how to change you life and get space for “new projects”, and today we will start with STEP 1:

THE TOTAL CLEANING!

Okay, so we cannot really get inspired if we are surrounded by mess. Moreover, how would you get new ideas if you simply do not have space for them? So the first step that will help you get motivated and inspired is cleaning your space and mind.

  1. Working space. First things first, if you want to find inspiration, you will need to clean your working space. Get rid of all the trash, organize it so that you have nothing extra just laying around, leave the things that make you think of your goals and dreams (for example I have a card from Paris and a magnet from Italy). Furthermore, you can have pictures of people that inspire you, or maybe quotes. So just surround yourself with things that will push you forward and increase your productivity.
  2. Closet cleaning. We all have tendency to keep stuff, because we think we might need it in the future, or we just do not want to throw it away. But this way our closets get full of stuff we do not use, and probably will never use. They just collect dust and create overall feeling of mess. So start with your clothes, the good rule is: everything you haven’t worn for the past 2 years has to go, everything that does not fit you anymore has to go, everything you do not like anymore but still keep has to go and all the broken clothes should be either fixed or they also have to go. You can donate clothes if they are in good condition or if they are broken you can take them to a recycling center, but anyhow get rid of them, and you will feel so fresh and ready to embrace new things. After you get rid of all the clothes you do not use anymore, you can organize your closet however suits you best, some ideas: by season, by colors, by people ( if you are not living alone). This way your wardrobe will look nice and be easy to access the clothes you need. Then you can move onto other stuff like dishes ( do you still keep some broken cups and plates?), furniture, decorations etc. Make your home look cozy, not messy. The closet cleaning will make you feel renewed, plus you can try to sell some things you do not need and get some money, which is of course always nice.
  3. General cleaning. Now that you got rid of extra stuff, clean you home: clean windows, wipe the dust from everywhere, vacuum and wipe the floors. Take out all the trash, recycle what is possible. Clean out fridge and freezer, kitchenware like microwave, stove etc. Organize your bathroom, throw away products you do not use and which are just laying around taking the space. Wash the carpets and all the towels. Make everything sparkling clean.
  4. Clean your mind. This step is the key to get out of your routine, empty your head and embrace your thoughts. We have so much going on in our brain: so many worries and  thoughts. Sometimes we are just drowning in them and cannot get out. There is simple no space for new ideas and inspiration if our mind is burdened. Start doing regular walks, get some fresh air, meditate, do whatever helps to get rid of useless worries.
  5. Keep it that way. Now this is the most difficult part, keep your  home clean and cozy, do not make extra mess. I am personally struggling with this, as it is so difficult sometimes to keep everything clean, but it is possible and I just love the look of clean home and it inspires me so much to start doing stuff.

When you are surrounded by good and clean atmosphere, it inspires you to start doing things. So if you feel like you are drowning in your routine, start with this! Get rid of the stuff that pushes you back, clean you thoughts and start moving towards the rights direction for you.

I am planning on my total cleaning this week, what about you? 🙂

Cheers!

May the force be with us!

 

 

Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

How to find balance and increase productivity?

With the current life rhythm it is extremely difficult to be very productive, but in a balanced way. We are always busy, but are we spending our energy on the right things? And how do we find balance in our chaotic lives?

  • Reduce spending time on social media

According to the article by Jessica Brown for BBC:

Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these platforms, according to some reports. That breaks down to around half a million tweets and Snapchat photos shared every minute.

2 hours per day adds up to almost 28 days per year spent on social media and that is just an average! If we want to be more productive, we need to get out of social media and be present here and now. Even if we spend twice less time, so about 1 hour per day, that would save 8 days per year!

However, not only does social media take our time, it affects our emotional state a lot. According to the same article from BBC:

A study published in the journal Computers and Human Behaviour found that people who report using seven or more social media platforms were more than three times as likely as people using 0-2 platforms to have high levels of general anxiety symptoms.

Our emotional state affects our productivity, so put the social media away and start being present.

  • Scheduling

Very often we can just get stuck in a process of doing something for a very long time, probably way too long than it is required to that task. To avoid this we need to start scheduling our time, so we do not get lost in a stuff that are not worth it. There are plenty of apps, that will help your scheduling, for instance: TimeTune, Schedul, ClassUP etc. Those can help you keep to your timetable. Also, a simple notebook and a pen will do!

  • Sleep deprivation

Good sleep is a key to success! So simple, but for some reason we keep ignoring it. There are so many things that depend on whether you sleep well or not: your skin condition, your energy levels, your appetite, your mood etc. So make sure you go to sleep on time and sleep not less than 7-8 hours.

  • Meditation

This does not have to be any lotus meditation posture, a simple walk on your own for 5-10 mins will do, or just be on your own for a while. Meditation helps you to leave the external environment and just be alone with yourself and your thoughts. Meditation helps to relieve stress and calm down. 5-10 mins per day on your own will help you to keep your life in balance and cope with all the negative things from external environment.

It is not difficult to find balance, we just need to pay attention on how we spend our time and how we feel about ourselves. Unfortunately with all the rush we forget to take care of ourselves, but this is something we should really start doing!

Cheers!

May the force be with you!

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180104-is-social-media-bad-for-you-the-evidence-and-the-unknowns