BURNOUT: Day 2 - Introduction to Mindfulness

Day 2 of BURNOUT: Welcome back. How did Day 1 go? If it didn’t work like you expected, that’s okay. It's the process and not perfection.

Ever feel like everybody is working for the weekend and you are working on the weekend? You may find yourself in the office today or at home tucked away in a corner of your house working away. Working on the weekend often leads to feelings of guilt and resentment because no one else working. Perhaps you try to combat these feelings by binging on social media, which increases these feelings because you see your friend lying on an over the water bungalow in Tahiti. The consequence to this behavior is reduced productivity causing the work to take longer and focusing on only the negatives. Our perspective narrows when we experience symptoms of BURNOUT, we fail to recognize the larger picture.

1) If you’re at the office or at the home office take a look around noticing 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you taste. This takes about 10 minutes and is a MINDFULNESS exercise called “5 Senses.” You may notice something new! The purpose of this process is to engage in the present moment and not escape behaviors (binging). Don't like this idea? Try a mindfulness app like HEADSPACE.


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