Let Your Mind Float

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Loosen Your Mind

Do not take life too seriously; part of enjoying it involves letting go of your ego and rigid mindset and allowing yourself to just be. Loosening your mind will help relieve stress, pressure and pain; it feels good to just let your mind float.

Stress builds up because we are constantly bombarded with external stimuli, chores, problems to solve, relationship issues, etc. And stress slowly breaks us down like ice cracking away from winter salt. Learn to deal with life’s issues by loosening your mind: find a quiet place in nature or at home and just let your mind be; ignore the negativity and enjoy the present moment. Don’t worry so much!

Life is not meant to always be on the go. The more you learn to relax your mind, the easier life will become. No matter how difficult or competitive your job is, if you learn to let your mind float on a daily basis, you will surpass your competition because you will start to think more clearly and make better choices; a clear mind paves the way for easier streams of thought.

Loosening your mind does not mean “you’re slacking or being lazy.” It’s a technique that you can incorporate into your daily routine several times a day, in order to relax and appreciate the present moment, while still remaining motivated and determined to accomplish your goals. Loosening your mind is being smart!

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The Beginning Of A Burnout Epidemic?

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Burned Out

In 2019, the World Health Organization added burnout as a syndrome to the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11) because of the rising rate of burnout experienced by individuals in the workforce. Burnout is described as: a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Burnout Syndrome is characterized by three dimensions:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • Reduced professional efficacy

Burnout is considered an occupational phenomenon and does not relate to experiences outside of the work environment; meaning, the definition does not apply to something like “I’m so over going to the beach on the weekends, I’m burned out.”

What is causing burnout and is it turning into an epidemic? I believe that the work-life balance of many individuals is tilted towards more work and not enough “life.” People do not seem to get as much pleasure from activities anymore.

Technology may play a role; we are so focused on iPads, iPhones, Samsungs and television that it is literally dulling us during our time off. By the time we come back from work the next day, the same process repeats; it’s as we never had any time off to enjoy in the last 24 hours.

The reality is that technology is not going to go away; it will keep improving, especially with artificial intelligence around the corner. Will society propose that AI take over our jobs, resulting in less work for us? This will be a devastation; no work and a life bombarded by technology will spell out a recipe for disaster.

What is the solution? Spending time with each other and removing ourselves from technological isolation. We need to come together again and enjoy life. The DSM Ready Movement offers this solution: coming together to share our experiences, values, opinions, knowledge and love!

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Free Yourself From Stress

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Utilize Mindfulness To Alleviate Stress

We feel it everyday; it hits us from all directions. It stabs us in our chests, mind and soul. This 6-letter word is so agonizing that some people turn to substance abuse or even kill themselves. But stress can be utilized as a source of energy for improvement! But it needs to be tamed at the same time. Whenever feeling this negative energy, remind yourself “I do not need this at this moment” and instead, think of something positive, and preferably, jump into a pleasurable activity in that moment. Some find success with “mindfulness”; an activity involving closing your eyes and being nonjudgmental to all thoughts coming into your mind. Believe it or not, this relieves stress.

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Don’t Worry So Much

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Worrying Increases Stress Levels

The first thing we do when we wake up is worry! Whether rich or poor, ugly or good-looking, happy or sad, we humans worry way too much. We need to remind ourselves that life was not created for us to suffer all the time. Yes it is true, that through suffering we become stronger, but a lot of times, we have automated the process, resulting in stress and even depression. Reminding ourselves before going to bed that “I will not worry when I wake up” will help you start your day on a fresher note.

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