Leadership Anxiety, Workaholics and Mindfulness To The Rescue!
As a leader with massive responsibilities have you ever woken up without any anxiety or fear over what lies ahead in your day-to-day?
Have you ever wished you could wake up without any of those emotions?
I bet you are always doing, doing, and doing and constantly seeking results that your mind has no time to rest.
And if you continue this pattern you will likely burn out.
I have been there. I know first-hand what it feels like!
But first, let me help you figure out if you are a ‘workaholic’.
In her article “Helping A Workaholic in Therapy”, Lauren Spark, Ph. D (2022) sites the following as signs and symptoms of workaholics;-
Working long hours, over and above what is expected or needed.
Constantly thinking and talking about work.
Revolving life around work, such as prioritizing or considering work schedules or commitments when making non-work decisions or plans.
A subjective loss of control, to the point where it feels impossible not to engage in work despite insight or acknowledgment of negative consequences.
Deliberately or inadvertently prioritizing work over other core basic needs, including depriving the self of sleep, exercise, good nutrition, spending time with others, or engaging in hobbies or relaxation.
A lack of significant healthy relationships or hobbies outside of work.
A lack of enjoyment from tasks that do not involve work, due to feeling too preoccupied to be fully engaged.
An inability to switch off and be present, constantly plagued with thoughts related to work.
Using work to avoid or cope with the discomfort associated with relationships, grief, trauma, guilt, depression, or significant life events such as death or divorce.
Perfectionistic tendencies, whereby extremely high standards are held for the self and others in terms of work effort and performance.
Obsession with work-related success, often experiencing paranoia or intense fear of work failure.
If any of these resonate with you, you are likely stuck in patterns that make you unhappy.
And because this behavior is all too familiar for me, I also know that it is tough trying to change your work habits because doing it differently is so unfamiliar.
Well, I want to tell you that there is an alternative. It may seem strange to you but life doesn't have to be lived unhappy, tired, exhausted, and stressed all the time.
Practicing some simple mindfulness exercises can help you release some of that stress and anxiety, be a little more focused on what you do outside of work, and in fact, you’ll consider giving yourself some free time to engage in other fun activities.
I have two simple resources that you can use at any time to help you create space for yourself and settle your mind. If you’re in click here right now and allow yourself 3-5 minutes a day to get you started.
p.s. If you want to avoid burnout, I'll help you create success on your own terms so you can create the life you deserve, not the life you settle for. DM me for a free consultation. p.p.s If you'd like to discover what give you joy and meaning to life, then check out my 8-Steps to Strut Into Your Purpose program here.