The Key Steps for Building Work Life Harmony

The Key Steps for Reducing Stress & Building Work Life Harmony

Would you like to have more confidence and harmony with your working life? If so let us help you.

In this day and age everyone is busy – either busy with our day jobs or busy creating new opportunities for change. It takes time and energy to carry out our daily missions to earn money, especially if we want to kick start a new adventure to pursue the work or creative activities we are passionate about.

The question is how can we create change if we feel consistently stressed, tired and overwhelmed with the current working situation? Well there are certainly ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this video.

Here I interview the “Stress Expert” Mike Cayenne where we talk about the causes of work-related stress and how to best manage it.  We also share fun, simple and helpful techniques to help:

1) Alleviate overwhelm and stress to boost work-life harmony and happiness

2) Build the strength and energy to pursue a creative passion or new career – regardless of the current working situation.

So are you ready? Press the play button to continue. We look forward to engaging with you on this topic :)

About Mike Cayenne

Mike Cayenne PictureMike is a trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner.

Mike’s aim is to bring awareness to how stress can affect a person’s health should they not address it early on. Having spent over 10 years in the fast paced environment within the financial sector he decided after being diagnosed with Crohns Disease, he would need to change his lifestyle. He spent many years working under extreme pressure, but did not initially recognise the signs that he was suffering, which is why he is on a mission to help people avoid a similar experience.

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A moment’s thought – The Art of Gratitude

 ”Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”– Oprah Winfrey

It’s well known that people who are grateful for what they already have attract more of what they desire in life. This is because they are able to hold the energy and strength to positively deal with anything that comes their way. Gratitude also improves problem solving skills and creativity, which is key for working towards an ideal business opportunity or career. By being grateful for everything we have in life creates harmony. This in turn allows us to accept, learn and adapt much faster in comparison to allowing our creative energy to be sapped by inner conflict and resistance. So love and appreciate everything in life and abundance will flow with your intentions :)


Reducing stress video script

Paul: Hello, and welcome to Creative Flow Evolution, where creativity has
no boundaries. Now, did you know that over 80% of people spend their lives
filled with stress and anxiety for how they’re going to spend the majority
of their working life? Did you also know that consistent stress reduces
lifetime expectancy? At the same time, those people who find passion and
purpose of their work or working environment have significantly less stress
response than those who don’t.

So the question is: how can we find passion and purpose in our work if what
we do for a living we’re uncomfortable with or we find it stressful or
overwhelming? In this video, we’re going to talk about how to build harmony
within our current working situation, manage stress for our own health and
wellbeing, and to hold the energy within us so we can pursue what we want
in life, if you want to make change that is, of course.

So if you want to find out more about this, keep watching.


Paul: I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine called Mike Cayenne
here, who’s really passionate about wanting to help people to manage their
stress and find harmony within their working environment. Now, Mike here
himself is an NLP practitioner and a hypnotherapist, and his vision is to
help as many people as possible to find harmony and flow within their work,
which is fantastic because this is what Creative Flow Evolution is all

Now, Mike, welcome to Creative Flow Evolution.

Mike: Thank you, Paul.

Paul: Could you give us a bit, myself, as well as the wonderful audience
with us, the background behind how you became passionate about wanting to
help people manage their stress?

Mike: I certainly can do, Paul. Now, I’ve spent many years within the
financial services industry working within a high pressurized environment.

Paul: Yes.

Mike: Now, when you are working in that environment and not particularly
being aware of how your environment is actually affecting you on a day-by-
day basis, it’s hard to actually figure out exactly what’s going on within

Paul: Of course.

Mike: Now, spending those many years within that industry, I wasn’t
particularly aware of what the stress was actually doing to my body.

Paul: Oh, yeah.

Mike: Now, the long-term effect that I had from the back of that is that
I’ve developed Crohn’s… Crohn’s Disease.

Paul: Crohn’s Disease.

Mike: Yeah. So it’s a life-changing event for me, effectively. And from the
back of that, I had to change my lifestyle, how I eat, how I think overall,
and also just generally being aware of what the stress can do to me if I do
not actually manage it on a long-term basis.

Paul: Yeah, thanks, Mike. And the next question I have for you is: what are
the main reasons why people suffer from stress in the workplace in the
first place?

Mike: Yeah, no. I certainly can give you that information, Paul. Now,
certainly a lack of managerial support, a lack of direction, a lack of
communication is certainly a big one. But certainly a lack of passion, a
lack of purpose, a lack of clarity.

Paul: Yes.

Mike: Work-related bullying and violence is also within that. Now, the
Health and Safety Executive’s report for 2011 and 2012, that 428,000 people
take time off work for work-related stress.

Paul: Do you know what? This subject has helped me really recall what I’ve
learnt over the last 19 years, and boy, my life’s disappeared quickly. I’ve
worked for so many different organizations, managed teams within highly
stressful environments, and I’ve had to learn how to cope with stress in
order to do the work correctly. Now, one of the key lessons that I’ve
learned is that all stress, in fact, derives from inner conflict and inner
resistance, which is created by choice always. What I mean by this is that
the mind talk, or inner language, we have actually has a big, significant
part of the stress creation process.

Because as Deepak Chopra would say, “Our outer world is an inner reflection
of our inner world. Our outer world is an inner reflection of our inner
world,” which is very true because what we tell ourselves, we become. The
subconscious mind, for sure, listens to what we say. And if we go to work
thinking, “Oh, I can’t stand being here. I can’t stand the manager. I don’t
like the work. I feel overwhelmed and tired and exhausted, whatever,” we’re
actually training our mind to become aware of the things that support that
concept or belief, and in turn actually creates our own self-annoyance,
frustration, anger, stress, for example.

So what I’m saying is that one way of dealing with this is actually
attaching new values to our own experience, which is what NLP, or
neurolinguistic programming, techniques actually are very good at dealing
with, which is what Mike is very specialist about. So one way of actually
attaching new values to experiences of working is to just re-establish our
reasons for being there in the first place. Why did we apply for the job in
the first place? What are the benefits of that? For example, it may be the
reason was actually gaining an income to have a better house in the future,
investing in our kids’ education, for example, and look at new reasons as
well, more purposes for behind the working situation. For example, it may
be the fact that this current job is a stepping stone to the next. There
are always new learning experiences we can gain in order to move forward.

Now, what I’ve also learnt through interviewing people is that it’s natural
to actually watch out for people’s passion behind their previous work
experiences. In particular, it’s very important because it helps actually
establish their characteristics. So the message I’m looking to put across
here is that the more we’re able and capable to accept where we currently
are and keep our own energy and flow, we’re much more capable of actually
moving on to new directions, to new passions, new careers, if necessary.
So, having said that, is there anything that you’d like to share on this
concept at all?

Mike: Yeah, no. I think certainly, Paul. Certainly, that thought of
actually being preoccupied in your current situation, the thing that’s
keeping you stuck. Just remembering your passion, or maybe you’re not too
sure what your passion is, just think about what’s currently going on in
your environment. What is it that you actually love doing? What’s the thing
that actually drives you forward every day? Whatever it is, think about
that just to help you move along. Having a plan ultimately is the thing and
just remembering what it is. It could be your current situation or your
current learning is the thing that’s leading you more towards your passion.

So just think about it. What is it that you actually love? Ask yourself
that question. What literally gives you that buzz? The first thing in the
day, maybe, when you wake up, what’s the thing that puts a smile on your
face? That gives you that feeling, the thoughts, that makes you happy, that
makes you smile. Then create and start putting a plan in place to lead you
more towards the goal, your purpose, your plan, where you really actually
want to go.

Paul: I think that what you just said there is really important because,
again, what really helped me in certain jobs and situations, is having a
plan in the background so not to lose touch with other important things in
life. Because I’ve got my music, I’ve kept that going, I’ve planned gigs in
the future, rehearsals for the band, etc. As long as I had interests
outside of the working environment going some degree in one way or another,
I never had any resistance or reluctance to do my normal day job during the
daytime, because I knew it was working in the background. So what you said
about forward planning should be an important aspect.


Paul: In this part of the video, what we’re going to do here is really
blast out loads of creative ideas to create harmony within a working
situation. So, Mike, would you like to kick-start this off?

Mike: Yeah, I certainly would do, Paul. Now, a few things that can actually
help you to create the harmony within your workplace are things such as
being aware, mindfully aware, of what’s going on in your environment, so
the thoughts, the feelings that come to you at that particular point in

Paul: Yeah, because self-awareness, like we just mentioned earlier, is that
we’ve got to be aware of the values we attach to experience, and give
ourselves the opportunity to re-establish some purpose behind what we do. I
mean, another one I want to share, for definite, is actually drinking lots
of water. Of course, water actually hydrates the brain, and in turn it
increases our concentration and keeps energy as well, and especially, I
don’t know why, but a lot of people don’t seem to be aware that most
headaches are created because of lack of water in our systems. So keep
hydrated and get yourself a flask. Keep sipping water throughout the whole
day. Tea is okay, but natural water is much better, more easily absorbed.

Mike: Yeah, certainly. I think one of the things to keep in mind, well,
definitely to be aware of is certainly stay away, if you can, from
caffeine. So coffee, for example, which is not particularly great for the
mind in terms of how you will actually feel. So yes, certainly as Paul
said, have a bottle of water. Sip water throughout the day certainly to
keep yourself hydrated.

Paul: I think what’s really important as well is to have mini breaks,
planned mini breaks.

Mike: Yeah.

Paul: So if I want to start off a project, like a task, I need to complete
it. Well, there’s actually technically called “time boxing” where you plan
your tasks ahead in the day and time them in between different time slots.
So really hit out with full focus and concentration, but then also have
planned mini breaks, like five-minute mini breaks every 40 minutes or so,
or an hour. So get off the computer, walk away, stretch, exercise, talk to
people, drink more water, get back into it. Really important.

Mike: Yeah, certainly Paul. You rightly say that as well. Certainly,
depending on where you are, whether you are in an office or elsewhere, you
certainly need to have that time away from what your daily tasks are.
Certainly, time management is a major thing. Having a to-do task pad, for
example. Having that created, so for example, at the end of your working
day, maybe no doubt, just write out exactly what it is that you want to do
the next day and you would like to get completed the next day.

Paul: True.

Mike: De-clutter the mind, so you could have certainly a peaceful sleep at
the end of your working day. I think, something else as well… Sorry,

Paul: Yeah, that’s true. What you just said there is when you actually
write down a to-do list, you actually create an opportunity, like you said,
just to de-clutter the mind because people have stress when things keep
overriding in their own mind. But if you write it down on paper, you’re
getting it off the system as such. Also, and [inaudible 11:36] would say,
“If you write down your top 10 tasks for the next day, not only are you
offloading, your thinking forward process actually helps resolve any
problems you have.” So planning really is a real resolution process. If you
write down your top 10 tasks for the following day the night before, the
subconscious mind works on them. It’s as if it fits the puzzle during your
sleeping time. So you’re able to actually feel more confident the next day.

Mike: Yeah, no. I think certainly also as well, and leading on from that,
is that if you actually do the hardest task, the ones that most people
actually tend to leave towards the end of the day, if anything else, just
purely because of the fact that it seems easier to do that, to do the
actual easier task. So maybe, if you can, within your to-do list, put the
hardest task, the one that’s going to take you the longest to do, possibly.
It may not necessarily take that long to do.

Paul: True.

Mike: But from your mind, you actually believe that it’s the hardest task
and you actually try to avoid it. So don’t avoid it. Tackle it head on, and
get that hardest task out the way. Then, no doubt, that will actually make
you feel a lot better about yourself and alleviate the stresses that you
may feel if you tackle it head on. Tackle the hardest thing.

Paul: True. What you’re saying here, that actually helps me think that,
“What you exist, persists.” Because if you’ve got a big task sitting there,
it’s on your conscience and it’s zapping your energy away whilst it’s
sitting there. So what Mike is saying really is a good thing to do. So if
you tackle it first thing in the morning where you’re more likely going to
have most energy, you’re actually dealing with the most important task,
it’s likely to have a bigger impact.

Like the 80/20 rule, if such a thing exists in time management practices,
when you put your energy in the highest impact task, which gives better
results. Then you’re more free to actually deal with smaller tasks later,
and you feel. It actually improves confidence as well that you are
achieving, because you’re achieving many tasks first thing in the day.

Mike: Yeah, definitely. So I think that’s certainly an idea, if you haven’t
done so already, to take that one forward. I think that’s a great idea,

Paul: Another way is actually really to think about is taking full
advantage of your lunchtime breaks. I don’t understand why people don’t do
that because break times are break times, meaning you get away from the
computer, get away from the office, get fresh air, walk around. You will
find a massive difference to your energy, especially if you get near
nature, walk around the park, etc.

Another one to do is actually really listen to piano music, relaxing music,
if you’re allowed to in the workplace. I mean, it enhances productivity
because it helps keep your state of mind in a certain practice. And for
certain to me, I used to play the piano a lot. Anymore?

Mike: Yeah, no. I think, certainly for me, certainly doing exactly what you
do, getting away from the desk, having a walk. For me, taking my eyes away
from the computer and what is generally going on, and certainly going for
those mini breaks, going for a walk. I mean, certainly other things that
you can actually do to help yourself really is to eat well. You need to eat
well; you need to sleep well. Those are the things that are going to help
you certainly to keep you highly energized, also as well, and to actually
complete your task. Also as well, another thing, maybe take different types
of exercise. Maybe it will be going for a walk in the park. Maybe you want
to go for a run, whatever it may be, whatever it is that will actually help
you to feel as though you are breaking away from your normal day-to-day
working life.

Paul: True. Variety helps people become unstuck, because people actually
really want to naturally experience variety in life. The other thing to do,
I mentioned food earlier, is when you’ve suffered stress, it’s a good time
to boost up the vitamin C and vitamin B, especially if it’s supplements,
whatever. It’s really important because what it does is it actually helps
our bodies to actually deal with stress more, and what our bodies
experience, the mind experiences as well.

Mike: Yeah, I know, certainly. Another thing as well that you want to
really be careful of is actually to avoid drinking coffee, for example,
anything such as that, sugary foods. You really want to have something
which is actually not going to send you up and then bring you back down
very quickly because that certainly doesn’t help.

Paul: Sure. I think we’ve given plenty of ideas here. And if you click this
link here, the image in front of my hand here, you can actually connect to
us and actually ask us questions or give us any views or even more ideas on
how to harmonize work as such.

To summarize the video, we’ve given you plenty of opportunities and tips on
how to manage stress. The main concept is that if we find passion and
purpose in our working environment by establishing new values to it, we can
actually cope much better and actually see things differently through our

So thank you, Mike, for sharing your experience and expertise in the
subject, and thank you audience for watching this. We’ll look forward to
listening or hearing from you and your questions and such, and we
definitely will reply to them. And another thing is that if you subscribe
to the website Creative Flow Evolution, again using the link in front of me
here, it’s great technology. The image does actually work. It pushes you to
the actual website. You can actually download some relaxing piano music
I’ve been creating as part of the project. It’s all free, of course, and
I’m going to add on more music as the project goes along.

So thank you, Mike, for coming here and talking about this subject. And
thank you for listening. Keep creating what you love. Anything you’d like
to say?

Mike: No, I’d just like to say thank you very much for watching and taking
the time actually out of your, no doubt, busy schedule to actually watch
myself and Paul today. So thank you and make sure you have a great day.

Paul: Thank you and all the best.[/spoiler]

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I'm an coach and author of Creative Flow Evolution here to help you tap into your creative talents and natural flow to build a life you love.


  • Paul Grout

    Reply Reply July 23, 2013

    You rock Michael

  • Khrystle

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Great video on such an amazing topic! I pay attention to my body all the time and that has changed my life. I am capable of realizing what is working for me and what isn’t just by being aware (like what Mike was saying). Totally relate! Very informative! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hey Khrystie, thank you for your support. You certainly picked out one of the most important topics mentioned in the video. Mike was certainly able to recover from his illness by paying close attention to his body. Its great to see how people grow in new directions when they are truly connected.

  • Jo

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Love the reference to Deepak Chopra – I just finished reading his 7 Spiritual Laws of Success and working on my inner world to create an outer world of less stress :-)
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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hey Jo, thank you. I actually listen to a lot of Deepak Chopra audios. Have you checked out his latest meditation programme – 21-Day Meditation Challenge—Miraculous Relationships? The book you suggest certainly sounds interesting. I will check it out for sure :)
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  • Michael

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Stress management is such a big issue in today’s world. It seems like we’re supposed to be able to work, make a living, play, make time for our loved ones, etc and somehow manage all of it. No one tells us how to do this. We’re left to figure it all out on our own. Thanks for talking about this issue and providing real solutions! For me, the best way to manage stress is to know the things that make me feel good and bring me peace and to do them as a ritual every day. These are a combination of writing my gratitude in a journal, yoga, running outside, taking frequent breaks throughout the day and doing the most important task first thing in the morning. All of these things bring me energy. I call them my foundation. Any time I stray from doing these, my day feels ‘off’ and just doesn’t go as good as it could.

    Thanks for taking on this important issue!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hi Michael it sounds to me as if you are really on top of stress management. I totally agree with you. Doing stuff that makes us feel good everyday is so important. The foundations of keeping the momentum certainly involves the need to keep nurturing our bodies :)
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  • Wendy

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    I really need to work on some of these tips. my life has been really stressful for a while now.

    The relaxing music is one I always forget about and doing the hardest task first. I’ma procrastinator which causes me more stress in the meantime :(

    Great tips! Great post! Here’s to an emotionally better future!

  • Justin Harmon

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    Some really great tips in here. I myself need to work on doing more of the walking away for a while. I can get so caught up in what I’m doing online, I just sit, which leads to only doing the work I need to get done for a while before I end up aimlessly wandering the web. I have been “trying” to get in the habit of only doing 30 minutes at a time. I’m really bad at drinking water. Although that’s all I really drink, I don’t get thirsty very often and have to force myself to get a drink. All of it does play a crucial role though for sure. I know if I’m not feeling well physically, I suffer mentally and I get very little done.

    Good stuff man!
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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hey Justin. I use to keep working with breaks and certainly had to learn the hard way eventually. Now what I find is that when I take advantage of regular small breaks away from the computer and lunch time breaks at work. I find myself able to free the subconscious to give me the best ideas for solutions. I find when we allow our minds to relax it provides the brain the opportunity to fix puzzles & find the solutions we need to be more productive. I also find that well timed breaks are important to maintain the energy and flow of productivity. Keep up the excellent work.
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  • Brooklyn

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    As much as I think I pay attention to my body’s needs, it is the times that are really stressful when I need to pay closest attention to what my body is saying, that I forget all about it.

    I like the idea of having the balance so the stresses don’t make me get to the point where I could get really sick or injured. I have learned that the only way to make balance work is to plan it into my daily activities. Otherwise I am full on focused and end up crashing!

    Lovely tips and perspective on balance thank you for sharing this with us!

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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 16, 2013

      Hey Brooklyn, I also pay attention to my body. I agree its easy to just focus on the work in order to get things done. I find that sticking to a routine of exercise and giving myself short breaks every 30 minutes away from the computer really helps. Simple stretching exercises can make a big difference. I certainly take full advantage of my lunch breaks at work because I find it gives me more energy to be productive in the afternoon. Thank you Brooklyn.
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  • Kate

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    Paul, this is fantastic. So many people are disconnected from their bodies and the signals they are trying to send us. Especially when sitting all day, and then we wonder why we are tired and achy and not feeling good! Thank you for bringing to light just how pervasive stress can be in our lives, as well as offering some really great ways to start to shift away from constant stressors! Rock on.
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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 16, 2013

      Hey Kate, I agree unfortunately many people do not listen to their bodies. I am amazed with how many people I have seen work with continuous unhealthy postures whilst at their workstations. A straight and well supported back actually enhances the blood flow to the head which in turn helps keep more alert and focused. I have even seen people actually grow into their postures after years of abuse. I always encourage my friends to keep a straight stance :)
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  • Michaela Cristallo

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    Loved the in depth video Paul, great to get some insights from an expert on this!

    I find myself feeling stressed sometimes and particularly when doing creative work I find it really drains me. I can’t think clearly and it’s really difficult to get anything done. I do incorporate some of the things you mention but could definitely make more of a conscious effort with this!
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  • Paul Grout

    Reply Reply August 16, 2013

    Hi Michaela, I am glad you have enjoyed the video. I also understand how stress comes along with our creative missions. I get super enthusiastic with my work and sometimes have to remind myself to keep cool. The best creative work I do for sure is when I am relaxed and focused on the task in hand and not the outcome. Look forward to hearing more from you Michaela and keep up the good work!
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  • Susan

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Paul and Mike, that is an excellent video on a lot of helpful stress-lowering ideas. I relate a lot to Mike as a fellow sufferer of a chronic illness. I have had to put all of those ideas and more into practice because of my illness. Mindfulness while doing chores turns them into meditation practice. Also sitting meditation and guided meditations are helpful.

    Because of my narcolepsy, I have a high risk of developing diabetes, so I eat a plant-based diet to head that off. Some supplements are really helpful to me, especially vitamins D, K, and B, magnesium, and potassium. Exercise is crucial, and music is always a great way to relax. Recently I learned Reiki, and that has made me even more aware of what’s going on in my body, and has helped me immensely in fighting off migraines.

    Thanks for the great video!
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    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hi Susan, it sounds like you have really taken control. You are right every little step matters to the lower stress response. Supplements are certainly helpful in fact I ensure that I boost up with Vitamin C & B during the heat of the moment. If you enjoy music in particular I have some soft relaxing piano music available via my newsletter subscription which I created because I love playing the piano. Playing the keyboard relaxes me big time. Thank you Susan :)
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  • Renee Beauvais

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Thanks Paul! Good insight, “Now, one of the key lessons that I’ve
    learned is that all stress, in fact, derives from inner conflict and inner
    resistance, which is created by choice always.”

    Most don’t even realize they are conflicted and in resistance. Awareness is key. Every moment of our lives is a choice – and that is where our power is!

    Thank you for a “Beautiful Day”, :)

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hi Renee, totally spot on. There is always a choice for how we perceive the experiences & react and manage the outcome. Boy there has been plenty of times in my life where I could have reacted differently because the way I felt at the time. For sure my awareness kept me in good practice so I am grateful I made supportive choices at the right time. I believe that the universe provides the right challenges at the right time for us to grow in a direction to support our highest intentions. So its entirely up to us to decide what to do with the opportunities presented. Nice one Renee and have a great day yourself :)
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  • Paula

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Hey, this is so on point for me. I am in a job that I just know is not right for me and i’ve come to the point that no job will be right for me as I want to work for myself. But I have come to realise that this job is a stepping stone (like you said) to my new passion and business – so I need to stop stressing about how rubbish my current situation is and be grateful that I have a job that will fuel me enough to get to where I want to be. Loved this Paul – its a struggle sometimes but like you say it’s mind over matter. Thank you

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hey Paula, yes you are so right. My biggest lessons came with learning how to deal with highly pressurised jobs. I still to this day work within a very demanding role to earn a living. I have always enjoyed a challenge and certainly had to develop the habit of being grateful regardless of how stressful the job in hand has been. There is an amazing book you may like called “how to get what you want and want what you have” by John Gray. This book changed my live forever. Thank you for sharing with us Paula.
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  • Jesicka Labud

    Reply Reply August 18, 2013

    Hey Paul, great video and post~ watching the video I realized how crazy it is that so many people just need to take time off from work not for leisure but purely to manage and deal with work-related stress. I totally know where that is coming from… I was in the corporate world in the architecture/construction business for 7+ years and the workforce is almost always fear-driven instead of passion driven. This bothered me a lot.

    One point the Mike made in the video that I totally agree with is to ask yourself why you took that job in the first place. There was always the inner reason that fades away after lack of communication and clarity remove it from your mind. It was one thing that kept me sane while working in that world. Another thing that helped me cope with stress was my consistent Bikram yoga practice. Especially on the days when I caught the class before work. After work is nice, but before work classes really get your mind ready for anything, like a anti-stress machine.

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 21, 2013

      Hey Jesicka, I can totally relate. I have also worked within fear driven organisations and have witnessed how such environments can decrease the effectiveness of productivity. When the workplace becomes too stressful with over bearing workloads the efficiency of employees often decreases. I believe it is important for everyone to strengthen their time management skills as it is fundamental practice for coping. The ability to be flexible and re-prioritise tasks is so important. I really enjoy meditation and can fully understand how Yoga would certainly help :)
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  • Mike Cayenne

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013

    It’s great to see how many of you have found ways to reduce stress. The key part to this is, finding what works for you and keep building on that.

    There are many things that we can do to help ourselves whether that is, listening to music, going to a park to enjoy what nature has given us or watching a movie that makes us laugh our socks off. So, whatever it is that helps you reduce stress, keep doing it.

    Not sure what works for you? Cast your mind back to a time when you felt relaxed and stress free, what did you do then, that you don’t do now?

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