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Aha! Moment Monday

What puts you in a bad mood?

When technology doesn’t cooperate or after a spat with your significant other? What about sitting in traffic? Or being denied (or not accomplishing) something you really wanted? Did you know that simply being around someone else in a bad mood can put you in a bad mood?

We certainly have the ability to choose to be happy by distancing ourselves from a challenging situation and reframing our perspective. And when we decide not to take the disruptive issue personally and simply deal with situations as they present themselves, we likely feel more in control.

Easier said than done.

Have you ever started your week knowing full well that your schedule was demanding, you had little margin for error, budgets were slim, assistance was scarce, then at the height of the madness your laptop didn’t fire up? Why is it that when you’re already running on empty life throws one that really catches you off balance?

Aha! ~ Nothing a little shut-eye can’t solve

I’ve noticed that the closer you are to the big city, the more “lack of sleep” is worn as a badge of honor. Long commutes, heightened competition and an accelerated pace – trying to fit everything and everyone into a super human schedule – position rejuvenation time as a luxury vs. a necessity.

The truth is the #1 reason for being in a bad mood is lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep tries patience, impairs judgment and reduces your ability to focus. Add to that, feelings of dizziness, nausea, muscle pain, poor digestion and headaches then how easy is it for you to maintain your “happy place” and make empowered decisions?

Healthguidance.org says depression is a serious side effect of lack of sleep and given that “mental health” is a prevalent conversation in the work place, perhaps re-evaluating expectations should be prescribed for health, safety and overall happiness.

Tom Brady credits his success to knowing when to shut it down: “I firmly believe that sleep and recovery are critical aspects of an effective and holistic training program.”

In our field we all have to sprint from time to time and not always can we catch life’s passes without stretching, bumping or hurdling, but the best way to dodge the challenges and go the distance starts with your pre-game routine.

“Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and make sure that they are not the same hours”. ~ T. Boone Pickens


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