I know that feeling all too well: the one where you are trying to deal with your negative thoughts and the more you try to ‘stay positive’ the worse it is!
Before you know it you’re in a black mood and feeling low, so detrimental to creativity!
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help yourself. At first I was sceptical and went off in search of a magic pill or potion that would just take the black feelings away – I was constantly looking outside of myself for the answers and found it so hard to concentrate on work and feeling at the peak of performance – there’s nothing like a negative pattern to take away your positive vibes.
Guess What? If you are feeling low, your energy levels will vibrate at a lower level, this could mean your clients and customers will pick up on this too so your thoughts may also be costing you money!
In 2009 I discovered NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and learned how to change my negative patterns of thinking quickly – good job as I had to be in tip top condition in the classroom and in team meetings. Over the last 3 years, my studies in Hypnotherapy helped me hone my meditation practice, as a result, I have noticed powerful and profound results namely: I am calmer, less prone to stress and manage to avoid limiting thoughts and behaviours which could affect my business.
Recent statistics from the Government Health and Safety Executive (2014/2015) state that stress is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence. I can definitely say that the teachers and educational leaders I came into contact with during my time in teaching were all too familiar with the impact of stress and anxiety upon colleagues and school budgets.
The general practitioners network (THOR-GP 2012-2014) identified a breakdown of work related mental ill health cases by precipitating events and diagnosis. They concluded that workload pressures were the predominant factor also interpersonal relationships at work and changes at work were linked to work place stress. No accident then that more and more businesses are keen to find ways to reduce work place stress whilst increasing productivity; companies such as Visualsoft are offering flexibility in their working environments that are contributing to the wellbeing of their most valuable resource…their employees.
It is considered best practice to both supporting the wellbeing of employees, especially as absenteeism can impact so strongly on productivity. Examples of employers introducing mindfulness to their workforces include Google, Toyota, Starbucks, AOL and eBay. Managers are increasingly keen to explore the possible leadership and business enhancements linked to mindfulness, and financial analysts are considering the links between business outputs and staff wellbeing and resilience.
It is worth keeping an eye on the research and other developments in this growing area of interest.