WE HAVE seen those viral ‘life hacks’ that promise to make every day living that little bit easier.
Well now some seriously high-performing people have revealed the ‘hacks’ that really turned their life around – and now they are sharing them with you.
PUSH, a leading wellbeing and performance company, has launched an e-book offering the “bloody simple” tools and knowledge to take back control of our behaviours, feelings and wellbeing.
PUSH founder, Cate Murden, interviewed esteemed people who had all battled with their own mental health journeys: from alcoholism to burnout.
Each used these employed daily behaviours and hacks to not only manage their mental health but consistently perform at their best and reach their potential.
Here we share Cate’s insider knowledge on how to ace 2021 and beyond…
Pick a day and spend it doing the opposite of what you’d normally do. Don’t judge just see what happens.
Sebastian Foucan, Global ambassador for Parkour, says: “Fear is an illusion, we should not be ruled by it.
“Life can be a struggle and a challenge, but to accept that challenge you have to overcome fear and take a risk.”
GIVE UP BOOZE FOR A MONTH OR MORE
Let the fog of alcohol lift, and notice how your judgement and perception changes.
Alex Lewis collapsed in November 2013 when he was running a pub and drinking very heavily.
He was diagnosed with Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome, Septicaemia and Necrotising Fasciitis, and given just a three per cent chance of survival.
He did survive, but at a price: he lost all his limbs, plus his nose and lips, in the process.
Now was the time to make changes, and to be a better partner and father.
“I thought I was happy before this, but I obviously wasn’t,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been drinking otherwise.”
He ditched the booze, rebuilt his relationship with his children and went on to have adventures all over the world raising money for charities along the way.
STAY IN THE PRESENT
Past situations aren’t worth giving a f*** about according to Cate. If there’s nothing you can do about the past then leave it behind.
Same goes for the future, if you can shape it great, if you can’t don’t worry – and don’t give a f***.
Alex Lewis adds: “For me it’s all about looking forward not back. Look forward and plan and don’t just ‘do’, know how you feel and why.”
STOP MAKING COMPARISONS
You’re no better or worse than anybody else. Understand that and stop thinking that the grass is greener.
Past situations aren’t worth giving a f*** about. If there’s nothing you can do about the past then leave it behind
It isn’t. Be happy in your skin for a change.
LEARN TO RECOGNISE STRESS
Chevy Rough turned his life around after battling depression, drink and drugs and now focuses on human performance and mindfulness.
“Your body is always trying to tell you something so listen to it. For example, when you are feeling anxious your nervous system is off.
“It is physiology and if you understand that then you can be aware of it. If you flip your lid,
go for a walk round the block instead of being reactive.
“Then you calm down a little bit. Stress can be a good thing, it depends how you respond to it.”
KEEP A JOURNAL
Try keeping a journal, note down when you see or feel physical symptoms of stress.
After a week or so look back on your journal entries, reflect and see how such symptoms correlate with what’s happening in your life.
REFRAME A BORING SITUATION
Next time you’re in a lengthy meeting or an event that doesn’t interest you, make an effort to find some positives.
They’re always there and they might be food for your next journal entry.
It’s not just circumstances which cause energy depletion, certain people are capable of doing this too.
We’ve all met a “drain” – the person who sucks every drop of good mood from you, making you feel, well, drained!
Make your excuses and leave them.
STOP PEOPLE PLEASING
Peter Hall has been delivering diversity, inclusion and leadership development programmes for more than 20 years.
By his own admission he is a people pleaser – the type of person who can of often suffer most by allowing others to dictate who they are and what they do.
“If you’re like me,” he says, “you can end up doing too much. I’m good with other people but not always with myself and you really do have to look after yourself.
“I have become better at knowing my tipping point. Covid gave us all time to reflect.
“I was busy being busy, so I took time out and reflected and it freed me up. It gave me time to concentrate on me.
“For many, that changed everything; it gave us a different mindset and presented us with opportunities to do things differently."
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH ASK FOR HELP
Resilient people instinctively call on support if they feel they need it.
They’re smart enough to know they can’t do everything alone. Someone else’s perspective can always help.
For more information on how PUSH can support you during lockdown, visit www.pushmindbody.com and to book contact [email protected]
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