” There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
TLDR; Good morning and welcome to your 2-minute dose of happiness. Today we speak to the value of consistently working on your own awareness and the commitments necessary to succeed.
Gratitude: Feeling overwhelmed? Try a gratitude journal. Need Guidance? Click here WFH: Recommendations to help the revolution and a book from one of our favorite authors. Happiness: If no one cared what you did, would you still pursue it?
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Life is a journey of experiences and chances are, you’ve felt overwhelmed before. Not enough time, too many responsibilities, high expectations set on yourself or by others, all of the above?
Each experience in life is a chance to learn, a chance to grow. Take some time, what did you learn from your previous time being overwhelmed? How did you overcome this time period? Can you implement these strategies again to overcome your overwhelm?
Braden Thompson touches on 8 Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
These Emotions Are Natural
It’s a Breakdown of Thoughts, Not of Life
Things Can Turn Around Quickly
You’ve Felt This Way Before
Your Problems May Not Be as Bad as You Think
It’s Easy to Keep Doing Nothing
Gratitude Can Help Immensely
People Want You to Succeed
Do you connect with any of the 8 above? It might be hard to realize it while feeling overwhelmed but it can be beneficial to review now.If you’ve been down this road before with no end in sight, this has been impacting you for an extended period of time, or feel you talking with someone would benefit you, consider giving Talkspace a look, online therapy with a licensed therapist.
It’s important to realize that working from home isn’t necessarily the panacea we all thought it was while stuck in our offices. Yes, we have recovered the commute time making us more productive. Yes, we have eliminated the drive time in between meetings making us significantly more productive. Especially when the time between a meeting is opening your calendar and clicking Join Online.
The problem is with all that efficiency of walking down the hallway to your office or having meetings stacked from the time you get up until the time you collapse, burnout happens slowly, then quickly. You don’t even realize it has hit you.
Here are some recommendations from Will Leitch that have helped improve the WFH revolution.
Do not just wear pajamas all day.
Conversely, do not forget that you are also in your home.
The most important question of this article is “If no one cared what you did, would you still pursue it?”
“The truth is if you’re motivated by getting others to think you’re living an awesome life, you will never be truly happy. Why? Because if you’re relying on other people’s opinions or praise to feel good about yourself, you’ll always be anxious because you can’t control it. (The fact is seeking approval leads to lower self-esteem, neuroticism, depression, and even narcissistic behaviors.)”
The reality in that during our own pursuit of happiness we often times get corrupted by how individuals present on social medium and we begin comparing our insides to others outsides. We too many times get caught up in the “sharing power” of our own life rather than the “experience power” of actually doing it. The purpose of documenting our own accomplishments in a private list that will only be ever viewed by us gives you the experience of comparing your insides to your insides; the ultimate benchmark. It gives you a judgement free experience.
One of my goals this year is to collect experiences; to try something new each week. Last week I went axe throwing, the week before that, duckpin bowling. Each of these things I’ve logged privately but haven’t posted anywhere until now. Collecting experiences is something that’s been a joy to pursue, even when I don’t blast it on social for others to see and ‘like’ Stop comparing your shit to others, do something for the “experience power” not the “sharing power.”
The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record
365 days. 5 years. 1,825 moments captured.
In her bestselling book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin discovers the pleasure of writing just one sentence every day. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal helps you to make a fascinating and revealing time capsule of the next five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, reflect on the quote at the top of the page, and jot down just one sentence (perhaps about something good that happened that day).
This daily ritual is highly do-able and provides a striking sense of accomplishment, and as the years go by you can see how your entries evolve.