For years I served top executives in various corporate sectors in New York City. I thrived on helping people succeed and often put my needs to the wayside.
I thought I loved the hustle but I was focused on bonus season and that bi-weekly paycheck. There came a time in my career when I wondered if I would make it to the next paycheck?
Day in and day out I would glug down coffee, keep my head down at my desk and come up for air when I felt I needed human interaction. My posture was rubbish, my people skills were fading and I certainly wasn’t tending to any of my basic human needs.
Looking back I am not shocked that upon one holiday to Iceland I returned to my corporate job and immediately started seeking out ways to leave and travel the world.
I was spent.
I achieved all the goals I wanted to in my role and I was doing the bare minimum to survive. I had surrendered the idea that happiness was available for me. I had become a miserable human working 40+ hour work weeks. I was spending excessive time online at work to fill a void and getting further and further away from joy.
Does this sound familiar?
Are you seeking out more fulfillment in your life?
Here are a five quick and easy ways to restart your day while still doing your job but feeling more fulfilled without drastically altering your life.
1. Watch your caffeine intake
I was drinking a minimum of five cups of coffee a day because I wanted to get up from my desk to converse with anyone in the kitchen. This amount of caffeine was depleting my serotonin which only ended up making me feel worse. So if you are making multiple trips to the kitchen try to cut it in half. See how you feel at the end of your day.
2. Limit screen time before bed
Sleep is vital for us humans and we often disrupt this beautiful process by scrolling through our phones before bed. This stimulation doesn’t allow our brains to naturally slow down and thus results in our brains continuing to fire well into the time where we think we should be asleep. Picking up your phone the first thing in the morning isn’t great either but we’re focusing on progress not perfection here.
3. Do one thing that brings you joy each day
When was the last time you did something that truly brought you joy? Maybe you’ve wanted to try a new workout class or a hobby but you haven’t found the time for it. Schedule it in and make time for your own joy. The benefits are astounding.
You don’t have to go over the top every day - simply reach out to a loved one and say hello. A simple connection goes a long way and making someone else feel loved will likely bring you joy.
Are you at your desk right now? Get up. Move your body. Stretch your arms over your head. Check in on that posture and truly allow your muscles to move. Try to do this every couple of hours. We get stuck in awful positions sitting at a desk all day every day. Perhaps you even feel compelled to go outside and take a walk. Bring some movement to that body of yours!
5. Try meditating
Before you roll your eyes, I’m going to ask you to trust me for a moment. You don’t have to sit for 60 minutes every day - you don’t even need to sit for 20 minutes. You can meditate wherever you are right now for a quick 5 minutes.
If your mind is busy (like mine) start to focus on your breath. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Perhaps you sit up and allow your shoulders to drop away from your ears. Feel the spine elongate. Feel your breath move in and out of you. Drop your breath from your high chest and allow it to go all the way down to the depths of your belly. Feel your belly expand and contract with every inhale and exhale. Allow your mind to focus on the breath and to let go of your day to day tasks. Take note of how you feel after a few short minutes.
If you would like a little guidance send me a message and I will forward you a free 5 minute guided meditation that will undoubtedly change how you feel.
Burnout and unhappiness is avoidable.
You deserve to be overjoyed in the career you have created for yourself.
I truly believe in this for you.
Try implementing one of these five action items into your life for a week and see how you feel. I promise that a positive shift can happen - you’ll be able to perform better at work and feel more connected to the people in your life.
Give yourself a shot and be prepared to be astonished at what a minor shift can do for you.