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How To Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul At Work

A simple idea that could lead to more fulfillment during the 9-5

To find more fulfillment in our work lives, we can look at whether we are working in alignment with our mind, body, and soul. Keep reading to find out how!

I’m going to be completely honest with you right now: I’m exhausted. Both physically and mentally. I’m tired of my brain moving way quicker than I can keep up with. I’m tired of having so many ideas and not enough energy to follow through with them. I’m tired of starting something only to get distracted by another thing.

How can I make my body and mind move at the same pace?

I feel like my head is alert and full of ideas, but my body can’t catch up. I have all of this mental energy with absolutely zero physical energy. My mind keeps moving while my body starts to take the toll for all of the mental energy it can’t keep up with.To find more fulfillment in our work lives, we can look at whether we are working in alignment with our mind, body, and soul. Keep reading to find out how!

I think part of this feeling comes from the negative effects of sitting all day.

At work, my mind is always active because I’m flicking from one thing to another on my computer. I’m always giving myself sometime new to think about, work-related or not.

But my body is not involved in my job at all.

Isn’t that such a weird concept? That if we work a desk job, our bodies are not involved in the work we spend most of our lives doing.

I think my mind will always be a little more active than my body, but I know that my body is not supposed to feel this lethargic all the time. My body is essentially wedged into the shape of a wheely chair all day.

Maybe you don’t work at a desk job so you can’t really relate to that, but I’m sure that your job has you feeling exhausted in some way or another.

The mind, body, soul connection at work

If you’ve ready my blog for any length of time, you’ll know how important the mind, body, soul connection is. Those three aspects of our lives work together to ensure we are living our healthiest, fullest lives.

But I think for most of us, our work does not allow us to tap into all three. I would guess only one at the most.

For me, the ideal work environment would allow me to spend time activating my mind, using my body, and exploring my soul’s questions. If I could spend my workday balancing out the three elements, I would be more fulfilled, productive, and healthy.

Finding Balance from 9-5

Because many of us are not in our ideal work situations yet, we need to think of strategies that will help us feel even a little more fulfilled or simply less exhausted during the work day to make it more bearable.

To find more fulfillment in our work lives, we should look at whether we are working in alignmen with our mind, body, and soul. Keep reading to find out how!

Maybe we simply need to be more aware of ways we can enhance our mind, body, and soul in our day jobs. But how do we find this sense of balance?

My advice is to think about how your mind, body, and soul are being utilized (or not utilized) at work and experiment to see what you can do to find more balance in those areas.

Examples of mind, body, soul activities

Because it’s hard to implement something without some concrete examples, I’ve put together a few ideas that might help you start incorporating this into your workday.

To find more fulfillment in our work lives, we should look at whether we are working in alignmen with our mind, body, and soul. Keep reading to find out how!

Perhaps you could spend the morning using your mind for learning and more creative tasks, use the afternoon to do something for your body like talking a walk or stretching, and spend the afternoon tapping into something that brings you joy such as listening to music.

More Examples:

Mind

Meditate during a short break

Do mentally challenging tasks before easy ones

Read a book on your lunch break instead of scrolling on your phone

Body

Gett up to stretch every hour

Take the stairs instead of the elevator

Keep healthy snacks at your desk (and share them with co-workers)

Soul

Diffuse essential oils at your desk

Keep a gratitude or success journal specifically for work

Learn something new in your field of work


For even more ideas that might help you find balance, I shared examples of activities for your mind, body and soul in this post about goal-setting, as well as this post about starting a self-care routine.

Basically, if we create more awareness around our energy levels during the workday, we can get a better understanding of what we need to find more balance.

I personally think we would feel more fulfilled with our days if we were working to better align our minds, bodies, and souls.

And one final thing. This post was honestly just a bit of a brain dump that formed itself into an idea for change. Maybe this isn’t the answer to our workday woes, but it’s worth a try, right?


What does your ideal workday look like?

How can you balance your mind, body, and soul during the workday? Leave a comment below!

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! The Blissful Mind is your guide to being the calmest, healthiest, most productive version of yourself. Whether you're trying to slow down, de-stress, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little less complicated.

22 Comments

  1. This is a really cool idea. I just went and lit a candle for my desk while I keep studying because I am finding it draining right now.

  2. I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes my mind is so full of ideas and all my body wants is to jump up and down, just as my thoughts, but I can’t because I gotta sit and work. I like to download and write down all my thoughts in that moment, as messy and as quick as I can, so that my mind finds a way to calm down. Still movement is missing. I like to drink tons of water at work, so that I have to take toilet breaks more often so I move a little bit more :)
    Have a great day!
    xx Ronja
    http://www.sothisiswhat.com

  3. This is so true! I love my Fitbit because it reminds me to get up and move. I get so focused that I need that reminder!

  4. I love the idea of breaking the day into little parts. We were just talking about this in a meeting today! So much to do, so little time. Focusing on mind, body and soul is a great way to take little “breaks” from a busy work day! Great post!

  5. Ah it’s so important to have a well-rounded work environment! I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my workplace. We have a nice lounge area with a coffee bar and a gym so I can break my day up to focus on nourishment (coffee + food), body (workouts!), and mind (we can sign up for massages at work too..). It’s still hard sometimes to avoid burnout but you made me appreciate my workplace so much more with this post.

  6. What a great post! Best thing I’ve read all week by far. I think we all need to take a bit better care of ourselves at work, especially if you work at a desk like I do. Staring at a screen all day can drive you a little bit mad so I think I’m going to take your advice and swap my phone for a book at lunch time :) thanks for the great advice as always Catherine!

    Hannah x
    hannahsophia.co.uk

  7. Thanks for this, Catherine, I think you’ve got some great points here. Especially in the “soul” category. Coming from a health/fitness background, I often over-focus on my physical health and ignore things like essential oils, deep breathing, etc. Recently, I’ve been into listening to the album “Brainspotting” on my headphones while I write or do other tasks that require focus. It’s really good for my brain and leaves me feeling energized rather than drained. https://play.spotify.com/album/5IVVEoTyCTPA0SbeWtLPx3

  8. Catherine, I love your ideas to balance the body, mind, and soul at work! It is so important to actively maintain all dimensions of wellness in order to achieve a happy and healthy and life. One of your tips was to diffuse essential oils at work. What are some of your favorite uplifting blends? I love diffusing bergamot + grapefruit or peppermint + orange when I feel like I need an energy boost. Do you have any other tips for incorporating essential oils in the workplace to achieve balance at work?

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