A healthy mindset is everything if you want to bring your A game to work.
When your mindset is right, you’re calm but inspired, process emotions rationally, know how to work with your energy and can intrinsically motivate yourself.
Keep your workplace mindset healthy and your inner-self happy with a few simple tools and techniques.
Stressed About Something At Work? Write It Out
This is an incredibly simple but powerful tool to help keep your mindset in check.
Writing out what is bothering you at work – an upcoming presentation, a deadline or disagreement with a colleague – can put things in perspective.
When it’s all a jumbled mess in your head, problems can seem bigger than they really are.
The act of writing things down helps you organise your thoughts and potentially come up with a solution.
It also releases whatever is bothering you from your mind which stops overthinking.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is the issue?
- How is it making you feel?
- What is 1 action you could take today to improve the situation?
- If things go wrong, what’s the worst that can happen?
Keeping things in your head will have you distracted, anxious and more likely to procrastinate.
Checking in with yourself and writing it down will bring perspective, help you move forward and get your mindset back on track.
Give Yourself A Break – Self-compassion
“If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield
Had a setback at work that you can’t stop berating yourself about?
Take a quiet few minutes to check in with yourself. Treat yourself like you would a good friend who’s in the same situation – with compassion.
Self-compassion isn’t indulgent or a sign of weakness.
It’s a seriously underrated performance tool. One that will keep your mindset healthy and keep you moving forward.
So, if you’re not usually the self-compassionate type, how do you actually do it?
Remind yourself of your recent achievements and wins – no matter how small. Reflecting on the positive boosts your confidence again.
Do something to improve how you feel physically
Take a walk outside in fresh air, grab a healthy smoothie or hit the gym for a quick lunchtime session. Nourishing your body is a form of self-compassion.
Taking time to show yourself compassion will keep you off the path of emotional exhaustion, cognitive weariness, and physical fatigue – otherwise known as burnout!
Understand The Natural Flow Of Your Energy
Energy is your greatest asset in the workplace (and life in general) but your endless double-shot latte habit can only take you so far.
You need to understand and work with your own energy flow which naturally peaks and ebbs over a 24 hour period.
It’s not actually realistic to expect yourself to be able to fire on all cylinders for the entire workday.
Track your energy flow
Check-in with yourself during the day and jot down how energetic you’re feeling at different times.
Usually after hitting the office, most of us take a few hours to reach our peak levels of alertness which then begins to decline around lunchtime.
Energy hits a low around 3pm – when we’re reaching for that next coffee or cookie – then we hit a second peak around 6pm.
This second burst of energy doesn’t last too long before it drops off for the remainder of the evening.
Not everyone will follow the same types of energy rhythms but this general pattern has been supported by many studies.
Check in and recharge or put it away
Understanding how your energy flow helps keep your mindset healthy because you know when to take a break and when you can push yourself.
If you’re feeling unproductive and frustrated in the middle of a project – check in with how you’re feeling energetically.
In the midst of a low energy point? Trying to tackle a demanding task is going feel like the mental equivalent of climbing everest.
Either take a few minutes to step away and recharge – a quick walk, a few minutes listening to a meditation app in a quiet space or refuel with a healthy snack.
Sometimes it’s just better to put it away for the day and come back to it tomorrow where you’re in a more energetic, alert state. You’ll get twice as much done in half the time.
Create daily mindset rituals
Keeping your mindset right is an ongoing process.
Nourishing a healthy body takes more than eating a salad occasionally and the same is true for building a healthy mindset.
It takes work. It doesn’t have to be hard work, but it does have to be consistent.
Engaging in mindset rituals before, during and after work on a daily basis will help you master your mindset and control your inner state.
A few ideas to consider incorporating into your daily routine –
- Set your daily intention. For example; “I intend to lead by example” or “I intend to create supportive, healthy and nurturing surroundings at work.”
- Visualise your day – Take a minute to visualise exactly how you’d like your work day to play out
- Listen to an inspiring podcast or read a few pages of a motivational book / blog post during your lunch break to keep your mindset in a good place.
- Remind yourself of your daily intention.
- Close your work day by jotting down 2 or 3 things you want to achieve the following day.
- Reflect on the things that went well for you at work that day.
Simple mindset rituals can help you maintain an optimal state of mind throughout the day.