A warm welcome to 2020 from the team at THINKNOO. This year, we have set ourselves the goal of reducing stress in an effort to end burnout. For those unfamiliar, 2019 was the year burnout was finally recognized by the World Health Organization as “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” If this resonates, you are not alone – 67% of people say they have experienced burnout.
Here are a few tips to help you start this decade in the right way:
Set goals, not resolutions
As the clock struck 12 on December 31st many of us had an optimistic outlook on 2020 after setting new year's resolutions, with the most popular being exercise more (50% of people), save money (49%), eat healthier (43%). However, the harsh reality is that only 25% will stick with their goals after 30 days and a mere 8% will stick with them all year.
But, don’t worry, there is a way to achieve what you want this year. Instead of creating a vague resolution that lasts a week or two, set yourself an actionable goal. To get the most out of your goals, consider the SMART framework and keep yourself accountable by either writing your goals down or, even better, sharing them with friends and family as this has been shown to dramatically increase success rates.
Create positive routines
Positive daily routines are a great way of reducing stress and making decisions that are good for our well-being, like exercising in the morning, preparing healthy meals on the weekend or making time for friends and family each week.
By creating a routine that cuts out the bad and encourages the good you can avoid what psychologists call ‘cognitive load’, the brain’s natural instinct to take the path of least resistance when faced with strenuous information. We've all been there, you're working late and the thought of cooking is overwhelming. You pick up the phone and turn to the high carb, high fat, high salt pizza because it takes the least mental effort. The right routines can prevent this.
Here's a 23-minute morning routine that Shawn Anchor, Harvard trained happiness researcher, developed after working with thousands of Fortune 500 executives.
Keep a positive mindset
Positive thinking may sound a bit wishy-washy to you, but research has found that it can aid in stress management, increase productivity and increase natural energy levels, which all play an important role in your overall health and well-being. Positive thinking doesn’t just mean putting on rose-colored glasses and ignoring the bad. Instead, it involves approaching life's challenges with a positive outlook.
Research from the Mayo Clinic found positive thinking and optimistic attitudes to be linked with longer life spans, less stress and lower rates of depression. Regardless of your natural mindset – positive or negative – you can begin to think positively by avoiding negative self-talk, playing with humor, and regularly meditating.
To reduce stress this year and fight burnout, we encourage you to start 2020 by:
- Setting your goals
- Creating positive routines
- Maintaining a positive mindset