Lots of people are anxious, stressed, stressed out and some at the complete burnout phase. Running on empty with the extremely intense experiences we’ve been living through personally and professionally these last couple of years.
Whilst there is a lot to diagnosis and solutions, here is a quick technique that can be highly effective with practice. We often think we need a break, time out and we might try to grab a few minutes during the day to stop, however, those breaks (if lucky enough to be taken) are rarely effective, because we treat them as a zone out, rather than actually zoning in. We spend more time hashing over the to-do list not done, what we should have said or done instead of or what’s next. We actually rarely switch off or truly zone out.
When we zone in during a power break, what we’re actually doing is focusing very effectively on one sense, whether that be our sense of smell, taste, sight, sound, hearing, or touch. The reason we hone in on that one sense is that neurologically when we are fully concentrated on it, we’re unable to experience a negative emotion.
Yes, that’s right, in the actual moment of concentrating (laser-like focus) on our fingers tapping on the keyboard, or the sound of the boiling hot water or a car driving past the office, or a nearby dog barking, we cannot focus on a negative emotion or a positive either for that matter.
So when we’re stressed, frustrated, angry, annoyed, resentful, upset (insert whatever your most frequently experienced negative emotion might be), if we take a power break, we can actually learn to calm those negative emotions and as a result, the impact they have on us. The way we react, interact, and act, day in day out.
Focusing on the waves in the pic below for 20 seconds certainly won’t change your life. This skill takes practice. It’s called a PQ rep and comes from Shirzad Chamine’s Positive Intelligence (PQ). It is a critical technique for building mental fitness, our ability to have our mind serving us rather than sabotaging us.
Whether you already did the 7-week short course with me, or you’ve never heard of it, ensure you work your senses. Instead of letting negative thoughts and emotions run your day, concentrate on one or two sensations.
My favorite is sight. I love visual PQ practice, hence my regular insta/FB stories with ocean, parks, nature. If you can combine your PQ practice to use several sensations, you might notice the colored leaves in the trees, feel your feet in your shoes and hear the birds singing. Likewise, if you’re at work and you notice the tension start to rise because you’ve read an email, had a phone call, or walked out of a meeting. Then use any art hanging, feel your bottom in a chair, notice the colors on someone’s tie or clothes, the color of their eyes, feel the shape of the coffee cup. There are so many ways to PQ rep under pressure.
The better you can at zoning in and taking Power Breaks, the more equipped you’ll be to overcome challenges and manage your stress.
Our next 7 week’s course begins in May or if you’re in need of a refresher, reach out.
These are the waves from my morning power break en route from home and the morning mayhem to work. Ready for a big day ahead now.
P.S Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways I can help you develop and work on your business leadership capabilities:
- Download a free copy of The Leadership Maximiser Tool, a detailed Productivity and Performance Experience
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- Join the Empowering Leaders in Business Facebook group and connect with like-minded leaders focused on high-performance team success
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- Join our next Mental Fitness for Leaders Program
Helping leaders develop their skills for well-being, relationship and conflict management, productivity and peak performance in the workplace. If you’d like to work with me on your business leadership skills to ensure high engagement, accountability and results for and across the team…message PQ to me here and I’ll get you all the details.
- Let’s get the whole team together
Would you like a different perspective and someone else at the front of the room or on zoom/teams to lead regular and consistent team building, accountability and engaging learning experiences, that drive results and outcomes for individuals, teams and the business? If you feel a little challenged with everything going on, maybe sounding like a cracked recorded saying things over and over again, or actually not 100% how to motivate and inspire the team, given the current nature of business, it’s may be useful for us to chat. Message TEAM to me here… and tell me a little about the business, your team and what you’d like to work on together.