It’s not surprising that many people feel overwhelmed at work these days. Regardless of the industry, advances in technology and communications have accelerated the rate at which things get done and communication is shared, which can make it hard to keep up.
For individuals who are trying to manage cancer — whether a recent diagnosis, ongoing treatment or recovery — in addition to a job, the term “overwhelmed” probably doesn’t even come close. As an article in The Muse points out, feeling as though you face a constant and seemingly endless list of tasks can prevent you from recognizing the very real progress you’re making. What the article also points out is that by incorporating periods of mindfulness in your day, you can mitigate feelings of being swamped and actually become more productive.
Scheduling physical or mental breaks, setting boundaries and “unplugging” are ways to cultivate mindfulness, enabling your brain to settle down and focus. Such breaks can be particularly helpful for anyone experiencing chemo brain. As the article points out, “slowing down can feel counterintuitive…but in some ways, it’s the kind of recharging you need most to get even more done.”
For the complete Muse article, which features a comprehensive list of ways to increase mindfulness at work, click here.