Article by Anna Letitia Cook
What do you do to create calm and rejuvenate your energy and creativity during each day?
Having started my career in a relatively balanced way full of good intentions where I went to the gym every day, stopped for lunch and left work at a reasonable time, I then progressed in my career with higher levels of pressure and increasingly tight deadlines so spent years working overly long hours, eating a sandwich or salad at my desk, taking no breaks.
Thank goodness I realised feeling drained, grumpy and irritable all the time was NOT part of my dream! I saw the light!
What do you do each day to bring some fresh air (both literally and figuratively) into your life?
Mindset is everything! It is essential to have a good balance of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing to feel and perform at our best – I am not talking about work-life balance here, just simple changes that done regularly can completely change your mindset…
Whether you like it or not, exercise is essential to all aspects of our well being, be it a 10 minute walk in the local park a couple of times a day or something more strenuous.
As important is loving and caring for your mind. If you don’t like meditation, just set aside a quiet time where you can be completely undisturbed – let your thoughts drift, don’t focus on anything, just give your mind some peace – and smile while you are doing it. Think of a beautiful river, with sun twinkling off the water, birds singing.
Women’s Wisdom Tip:
1. Whatever you do in your day, take a COMPLETE break every 2 or 3 hours (more often if possible) and go outside to walk for 10 minutes, or if the weather is appalling find a quiet corner in a different part of the building and do some stretching, focusing on your back, shoulders and neck… It clears your head, restores your energy and boosts both creativity and productivity.
2. Likewise, at least once during the day take 10 minutes (preferably longer) to meditate or have a quiet time with your thoughts drifting.
Mindset is everything!
I now schedule breaks into my diary to make sure I stop whatever I am doing and go out. These scheduled breaks are ‘carved in stone’ for me. They are as, or more, important than any meetings as they help keep me positive, energetic, creative and smiling!
So please drop me a line and tell me what do you do each day? Or, what can you bring into your day to rejuvenate both your body and mind? I would love to hear your ideas 🙂
P.S. You can even bring walking into to your meetings and improve results!
Anna Letitia Cook is passionate about mentoring women in finding clarity and fulfilment in their life choices. She created and became CEO of her first company in the entertainment industry at age 32. Midlife approaching, hungry for a dynamic change, she refocused her experience, founding WomenUP Ltd to help women shape their own future. www.womenup.global
Creator of the ‘Unstoppable Goddess 4-dimensional Life Design’ and the ‘SCOPE’ process for career fulfilment. Author of ‘Unstoppable Goddess: Every Women’s Guide to Freedom, Fulfilment and Success’, with a second, ‘Glass Ceiling Grans – The Silver Goddess Experience’, already under way.