* NOTE: This article originally appeared on LinkedIn in an interview with Jeanne Thompson, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments.
Some days it doesn’t take much to feel stressed out: a horrible morning commute, a hectic day at work, arriving home in the evening to find breakfast dishes still in the sink and dinner left to cook. You realize that it will be hours before you are able to kick back and relax. So much to do–and so little time. And it can feel impossible to de-stress, be mindful and find the calm that’s key to being the real you: productive, creative and innovative.
Happy Thanksgiving. It seems like in a blink of an eye we set New Year's intentions together and we are now recovering from post-election stress. Are you traveling for Thanksgiving this week? I have had many clients in clinic and friends calling to ask me how to avoid conflict this year at holiday gatherings. My answer may sound simple, but it is powerful:
How well did you sleep last night?
Many members of our global mindful living community were up late watching the drama of the U.S. Presidential election unfold well past our bedtimes. There are scores of pundits dissecting the results; I am more interested in dissecting the process of how we start to heal.
Roughly one-half of our nation is celebrating that their candidate is now president-elect while the other half of the nation this is mourning the loss of their party. Then there are the Americans who decided not to engage in the process at all.
It doesn’t matter what camp you fall under, we all suffered. Research shows that more half of us (from all political parties) were suffering stress-related symptoms.
Do you feel heard?
As I tour the country giving lectures on mindful leadership practices to corporate clients, I hear a similar struggle about communication in the workplace. Daily meetings feel like a verbal battle to express your thoughts. You may leave a company meeting or sales call feeling uncertain if any one heard you, remembered your pitch, or even wanted to be present.Read More
My opening and closing statements of every lecture are:
“Your mind is strong medicine, choose a positive thought.”
This meme is the most retweeted, shared, and favorite quote on social media every month.
This is the motto I personally live by, the motto by which I run my business, and the intention that carries me through healing my clients.
As I delve further into research for my upcoming book and signature corporate lectures, I am discovering that positive thinking alone has not been working for many of my clients.Read More