Most of us are horribly familiar with that dreaded feeling of overwhelm, when tasks just pile up and a mounting feeling of being out of control takes us hostage. Suddenly, we’re gripped with anxiety and a rising sense of panic. We can’t think. We don’t know where to start. And the more we procrastinate, the more time we waste, the worse we feel and the more we fall behind at work.
When we’re stuck in that cycle, it’s difficult to see a way out. We know that we need to be calm, clear-thinking and productive: but our brain freezes and all we can do is stare at our computer screen in frustration or shuffle papers around. It’s not only our work that’s affected: the stress seeps out to sabotage our sleep, our relationships and even our health (95% of all illness is caused or worsened by stress).
While it would be lovely for us to spend an hour meditating, doing yoga or sitting in the park to get us back to balance, the truth is that very few people have that luxury during their working day. Enter the “micro-practice” – a practical, speedy and easy-to-incorporate way to reduce stress no matter how jam-packed your day.