A Working State Of Mind

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Back To Work After A Vacation

One of the best times of the year to take a vacation is around Christmas and going into the new year. It allows you to finish off the year right, by relaxing and enjoying every moment during the most celebrated holiday in the world. But once new year’s day hits, so does your working state of mind: going back to work after a vacation.

No matter how rested you may feel after a vacation, it’s never easy to get back into your working routine. The human mind would rather prefer to keep relaxing and not having to worry about job-related problems. But it’s job-related problems that develop your character and help you appreciate vacations in the first place.

Many people experience a dragging sensation during their first days back to work. Your mind starts hitting you with thoughts such as, “I don’t even like my job! I rather be doing something else. Wish I could just be rich and stay home.” This is what happens when your mind takes a break from reality.

It’s like taking your mind back to school: it complains like a little child. But after a few days of adjustments, your inner child starts to quiet down and get back on its two feet. It’s not easy to go back to work after a vacation, but would you rather give up and risk losing your job?

Always look at the positives in your life and avoid dwelling on the negatives. The positives will propel you forward and attract more of it in the future, even if it means suffering in the present. Living in the moment can definitely help with the process: not worrying about tomorrow by just focusing on the now.

We all need to live more in the moment. This hectic society has us worrying about what will happen tomorrow and the day after, further compounding more and more stress until we potentially develop a mental illness. And once a mental illness has developed, life becomes even more difficult to manage.

Remind yourself that you are never alone. For every insecurity or negative emotion that you are feeling, there are millions of people out there who are also experiencing the exact state of mind as you are. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself and stop feeling guilty. Get back into your working state of mind and conquer the day!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Ruminating Thoughts

Light from window reflecting on red-haired woman biting lip and ruminating

When The Damage Is Done

Without keeping your mind in check, the brain can start to malfunction, resulting in pathological states of mind. One such state is the rumination over negative events that have occurred in your life; in particular, negative and stressful ones. Rumination is not like OCD, but can also be time-consuming and distressing in nature.

The difference between rumination and OCD is that OCD involves compulsions or acts in an attempt to alleviate the anxious thoughts. With rumination, you have the anxious thoughts, but which are not followed by any acts; you are just stuck in a never-ending loop of analysis.

Rumination is difficult to stop after you have experienced it a few times, because the mental act starts to become engrained within your personality. Rumination is essentially your mind trying to analyze how and why something happened; attention is not so much directed on the solution.

The solution is often easily obtained: perform this to fix that. But during rumination, your mind becomes stuck on the past: “why did the event happen and how could I have prevented it?” Even the prevention part is not that big of a focus; the majority of rumination is focused on the “how and why.”

Rumination can be seen as a defense mechanism to mental pain. By refusing to accept the outcome of a negative event, your mind paradoxically starts to become obsessive on the details leading to the event. If you read that correctly, then you can easily see how rumination is not a defense mechanism at all, but an error in your mind’s processing of the event.

The best way to overcome rumination is to simply stop worrying about what happened; the damage is already done! Ruminating about the damage will not fix anything. But since rumination is the problem in the first place, you have to put an end to it! And the way you do that is to just stop stressing over the negative event; accept it and move on!

Tame your mind before its wildness takes over your life.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)