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How to be More Passionate About Your Work

Posted by Julia McVeigh on

When it comes to our professional lives, we’ve been told to “lean in,” aim for the four-hour workweek, focus on “deep work,” and not give a f*ck. We’re encouraged by our employers to achieve on the highest level… but to absolutely prioritize work-life balance first. And we’re tasked with providing for our loved ones (and ourselves!) financially and emotionally. 

We here at Busy Happy Healthy know just how hard living well and working hard can be: We’re a team that sometimes needs to works long hours – including weekends and nights. But we’re also a group that deeply prioritizes health, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Which is why it is so important to try and be passionate about our work – ahead, we have our top three recommendations how to do just that.

Find what you like doing best and push to do more of it

Are you secretly a killer public speaker? Do you have a gift for writing? Are you a numbers whiz? Seek out areas in your job that reinforce your skill sets and try to make them more central to your role. I’ll use myself as an example: I started my career in media, where a lot of my job consisted in crunching numbers and whizzing through spreadsheets. I’m not an incredibly analytical person and I don’t love excel. Rough. 

I soon found, however, that there were other parts of my job that I really liked – such as writing media briefs, drafting client emails (seriously, I liked doing that), and contributing to creative brainstorms. I started asking my boss if I could sit in on more brainstorms, with my role being to send a recap email to all involved about what we discussed. My fellow colleagues loved how thoughtfully I summarized and (sometimes) contributed to the chats. Soon enough, creative and writing projects started pouring my way and that became my “thing.” 

Set goals and celebrate them

Many of us neglect to cheer for ourselves when we accomplish milestones, largely because we don’t even realize that they are milestones! Remedy that by establishing  – and then celebrating – goals. These don’t need to be the big and/or usual professional goals (get promoted, get a bonus, et cetera), but rather smaller, more intimate goals. For example, at the start of my career I used to really struggle with presenting to clients -- I’d become a nervous wreck. About two years in I was on a phone call and suddenly realized: I wasn’t nervous! I’m sure no one noticed but me, but that was an epic accomplishment. I didn’t celebrate it then but I sure as hell am going to celebrate it now: Go me!  

Look to the positives -- or look elsewhere 

Generally speaking, we get down easily. In fact, Psychology Today reports that up to 70% of our “mental chatter” is negative. Given that we, on average, spend 8-9 hours at work – which is more than the amount of time we spend asleep! – plenty of those thoughts are focused on our jobs. 

This is why it’s crucial to bring a persistently positive attitude to our careers. For example, instead of focusing on what you don’t like about your job (quarterly earnings reporting), stay focused on what you do enjoy (your colleagues). If you find it hard to be upbeat about your work at all, then try focusing on the positive things your job does for you -- even if it's as basic as the fact that it provides you and your family with a source of income. (Many of us our blessed to have things like regular paychecks or health insurance, but we often forget about those things in the midst of dreary office to-dos.) And, hey, if there's absolutely nothing positive in your job -- actual work or how it benefits you -- then you heard it here first: Maybe it's time to start passionately pursuing something new. We're rooting for you!

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5 Yoga Poses to Help You Beat the 2pm Burnout

Posted by Amina AlTai on

By, Resha Altai

We’ve all been there. You’ve been productive all morning only to hit a screeching halt post-lunch with a pestering cramp in your back and thoughts flying everywhere.

Good news! You can do yoga pretty much anywhere at any time; most especially at your work desk and the benefits are not just physical. These 5 grounding asanas will surely help you get over the 2pm slump and back to your laser-focused self:

1. Seated Cat/Cow

This pose can be a wonderful headache remedy in addition to stretching the spine and opening up the back. Our desk jobs tend to misalign the spine, hunching the shoulders down and protruding the head and neck forward. Do a couple cycles of cat/cow to relieve tension and ground your thoughts.

Sit with knees over heels and place hands on knees. Inhale, bring chest forward and drop head back. Exhale, turn chest in and roll shoulders forward. 

2) Seated Twist

Seated spinal twist has a gold mine of benefits attached to its practice. Not only does this posture open up the chest, relieve mid-back tension, stretch your hip flexors and strengthen your abdominal muscles but it has also long been attributed to massaging the abdominal organs, detoxifying your liver and kidneys as well as stimulating digestive fire. Salud!

Inhale and twist spine from side to side during exhale. Look in the direction that you are twisting.

3) Mountain Pose Side Stretch

As a general rule of thumb, all side stretching postures increase flexibility in the spine, open the side body, and stimulate the liver and breathing muscles. Mountain pose side stretch in particular will bring a grounded sense of balance back into your day. 

Bring hands up in a prayer position above your head.and keep feet planted on the ground. Bend from side to side, bringing down the corresponding arm. Keep the stomach muscles engaged.

4) L-shape at Desk or Wall

Let it all go with this deeply heart-opening posture.

Place hands on a surface such as your desk or the wall and fold body into a 90-degree angle. Bend and straighten the knees with the breath. 

5) Standing Forward Fold

Sometimes we just need to change the way we are looking at things… literally! Refresh your outlook by sending blood and oxygen to the brain in this gentle inversion.

Bend over and interlace hands behind the back. Keep stomach on thighs and slightly bend knees. Relax neck, hang arms and gradually straighten legs. Slowly roll body up to standing on an inhale.

How do you beat the 2pm burnout?  Share your go-tos in the comments below.  

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