Ever found yourself ruminating on something that happened? Or excessively worrying about a future situation or event? Examples include:
Repeatedly going over the argument you had with your spouse this morning, feeling a mix of anger, guilt and anxiety, wondering where it went wrong and what you could have done differently
Research suggests that it’s beneficial to process and reflect on our negative feelings; it helps us to regulate our emotions, which in turn is important for being effective at work, for forming relationships and for maintaining our physical health.
But…getting caught in the loop of repetitive, painful thoughts actually interferes with this process.
Gaining perspective on negative events in your life - whether they’re events with a capitol letter E, or small, daily hassles and challenges- can improve your mental wellbeing in general and your resilience in particular.
I have used variations of this exercise many times in my work as a coach and as a psychologist and I’ve seen people transform as a result.
Does this sound like something you could benefit from? If so, I’m inviting you to start using this exercise to gain perspective on small, daily challenges you face at work.
As you practice this skill you’re in fact training your brain to take on a different perspective on negative events, which is one of the things that helps build our resilience.
Are you ready to try?
If this particular exercise doesn’t resonate with you, don’t worry! This is just one of many ways in which you can start training your brain to gain perspective on negative events and to stay on top of our game at work and at home.
Let us know what you think and feel free to reach out if you need any assistance, tips or tricks.
ImPowered Coaching & Training offers a training for employees called ‘Everyday Resiliency @ Work’, the main objective of which is to teach employees a skillset that supports them in:
We tailor our training programs according to the specific organizational needs and challenges.
Book a free consultation to find out how we can support you and your team to perform (even) better and to feel good while doing so.