How much more can we add to our jammed calendars? How many more communication methods can we reasonably maintain? How many items on our ‘to-do’ list do we actually check off at the end of each day?
In our uber-connected world, supported by technology unfathomable even five years ago, the pace of a typical workday has some of us on “mach” speed. How can we realistically maintain this pace and still produce superior quality work product? That’s an ongoing question and struggle for so many of us, and our clients.
Smart devices have essentially re-programmed how we interact with and experience our world.
As our work and personal lives fuse together, we are challenged to create boundaries that protect our health and well-being with self care. For those who have worked in a law firm environment, we understand clearly the highly stressed, deadline-driven culture of “more is more.” This mindset is detrimentally opposed to a well-balanced body-mind-spirit experience, quickly leading to a total ‘burn-out’ health crisis.
According to a recent Gallup study of 7,500 full-time employees, two thirds experienced burnout to some degree within the last three years. Burned-out employees take more sick days and are 23 percent more likely to carry around a heavy feeling of self-doubt and lack.
Wellness and mind-body practice is a health path forward.
As we struggle to “do it all”, how much does all facets of our health suffer? What are our daily practices to protect our body, mind and spirit? According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, individuals who engaged in a meditation retreat were assessed before and after. Active participants reported a decrease in anxiety and depression as well as an increase in mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is as simple as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Benefits of hitting the pause button.
In our personal quest to achieve “success,” we can lose the internal cues that are foundational to our connection with ourselves and we diminish our ability to self-regulate (control emotions, concentration, and joy). With consistent and persistent practice, we can achieve a powerful ability to decrease anxiety, increase joy and fulfillment, increase performance capabilities and produce a more mindful state. At the root of all these attributes is self-regulation.
Simple yet powerful effects of breath play an essential role to the fundamentals of health, well-being, healing and human performance. Specific breathing techniques can have a tremendous impact on decreasing stress and other inflammatory states, enhancing brainpower and balancing emotions. Sharpening this internal regulation tool will assist to achieve deeper sleep and improve digestive issues while resisting “thought clutter.”
Further, specific breathing practices will enrich the connection to yourself (self-awareness, self-esteem, etc.) as well as deepen your connection to a powerful reserve of energy that will support a higher level of health, healing, wellness and performance in all areas of your life.
Consider how many times a day you actually stop all activity to simply “be,” without motion or in the state of doing? Experts agree that the longer we stay in motion of “doing”, the less healthy we are “being.” Yes, it stands in direct contrast to satisfying our billable hour requirements and project lists, but, in the long-term, we will benefit from a more efficient and productive work schedule. Try it for yourself.