Dealing with stress by clearing out the library

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Continuing on from our last post about a lovely little model of the mind (click here if you haven’t read it) we will be looking at some very simple ways to help our inner librarian cope with their work load.

Clearing the library

As you might remember from the last article, the level of stress we feel in related to how much filling our librarian has to do as we sleep. Logic dictates that if we can help clear the library as well, the better off we’ll be.

meditate-481691_1280Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is a great way to reduce our stress levels. The focus of mindfulness is the acceptance of ourselves, others and the events in life that we have no control over. Mindfulness is a skill that one develops over time, through the practice of meditation and simple being aware (though non-judgmentally) of our thoughts and behaviours.

Mindfulness has also demonstrated a number of other benefits including increasing general levels of happiness, improved memory and better sleep. Despite how long it takes to master, it really is worth the effort which is exactly why all of my clients are given an audio track that incorporates mindful technics.

 

yoga-544970_1280Yoga

Yoga, like mindfulness, is hugely beneficial to one’s mental well-being. It helps improve sleep, general happiness your sex life can be improved by practicing yoga.

 

 

computer-564136_1280Being organise and journalling

We’ve all had nights where we cannot stop thinking about everything we have to do the next day. The more we think about it, the more agitated we become. Each time we run over the things we have to do, the more “paper work” we deliver to our library. A simple but highly effective trick is to merely write a to-do list. In essence, a to-do list removes the need for the librarian to file any of your plans or worries away. Any you can always write your to-do list in the back of your journal.

I’ve said it before and I say it again. A journal is great way to improve your mental well-being. You don’t have to write an epic tome, worthy of the great literary masters, just jot down your thoughts and maybe a list of good things that happened to you that day, Notice I said good things, not mindbogglingly amazing things; having coffee with a friend, enjoying a good dinner or sharing a laugh with a work colleague are all worthy of your list. Journalling will, essentially help you pre-file things before the get to the library.

hook-76785_1280Done list

Whether part of you journal or not, a done list is worthy of its own mention. So often do we under estimate ourselves and put ourselves down. A done list is a fabulous way of recording our achievements (no matter how large or small).

 

 

 

 

PositivethinkingPositive thinking

A big mistake that people make with positive thinking is that they confuse it with fanciful thinking. When I talk to my clients about their ideal futures, I don’t want to hear “I’d win the lottery” or “I’d wake up tomorrow as a famous actor”. What I’m looking for is a realist future. That’s not to say that rich and famous aren’t realist goals, simply that when you positively think about them, you must accept that you are responsible for those goals. As such, positively imagine things for which you are willing to work.

footprint-23991_1280Baby steps

With your positive goals in place you can then break them down into manageable steps. A large part of the work I do with my clients is working out what small change they can make that will bring them closer to their goal.

 

 

In the next article, we will talk about balancing your life so less goes into the library in the first place.

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