Creating a life of joy and purpose will mean moments of tremendous effort and activity. However, constant work and striving can lead to burnout and a loss of focus. To keep your life under control, it’s critically important that you monitor factors that may be out of balance.
While it’s critical to set your goals up in a visible way to help you stay in focus, make sure they’re not becoming an obsession. If you’re interested in developing a new skill, building a business or enriching a relationship, set aside time each day to work toward that goal. Create a stopping time as well. If your goals are creating anxiety and making it hard to sleep or concentrate on anything else, your goals are moving from target to obsession. Your heart may be excited, but your mind can’t uncouple. This can lead to anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, and even depression. Experiencing mental health issues can interfere with daily life. If you can’t step back from a goal and relax, consider getting help.
To keep your physical health under control and in balance, be ready to reassess and restructure your goals. For example, if weight loss is your goal but your exercise program is pushing you to exhaustion or injury, it’s time to take another look at your choices. You may need to schedule in more breaks, change your exercise routine or extend your weight loss time window. Your body will let you know when you’re pushing too hard. You must be willing to listen to aches and pains. Additionally, an overworked body may suffer from muscle spasms, joint pain and balance issues.
Choosing to manage your focus is a great way to get a grip on your emotional health. Anyone can have a bad day. However, if a particular person or specific situation is causing you to get upset on a regular basis, it’s time to consider how much focus you’re giving them. Not every task, family member or co-worker is going to be your cup of tea. If you face that task or person with a sense of dread, you are adding poison to your own cup. Add something to the exchange. Listen to great music while tackling a tough or unpleasant project so that you can connect the music to the task while speeding things along. Face that challenging person with a real smile to see if the exchange goes better than last time.
Mental focus is finite. Where you place your focus is up to you. If you find yourself stretched in too many directions, review your life to see what you can shed. Listen to your body and mind so that you can address what’s out of balance.
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