How To Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul At Work
A simple idea that could lead to more fulfillment during the 9-5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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!