Just Breathe

natalia-breathingA couple of great tips for just chilling out to boost work productivity are to be found in a recent Open Forum blog, Improve Your Mental Toughness in 2 Minutes.

My two favorites, though, are these:

  • “Keep a success log. … Ask what three things did [you] do well today? Take credit for success, since it can be a barrier against future discouragement. … We need to ask ourselves one thing we can improve and how we can achieve it.
  • Practice the 100-second mental workout. … A 100-second workout … can make every businessperson a better performer…. First, take a 6-second breath to center yourself, hold it for 2 seconds, and then breathe out for 7 seconds. …The purpose of this is to control the pressure and ‘put you in a position where the mind will work as an asset instead of a liability. Step two is to repeat a personal mantra, something that … ‘really focuses you on who you are, your strengths and what you’re capable of achieving.’ …The third step in the mental workout …[is] a ‘personal highlight reel.’ This is a visualization of where you want to be in five years and what you want to accomplish in the next 24 hours. Think about the actions you need to take today to get this done.”

Ready? Okay, take a deep breath….

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