This week helped me to understand how to be more productive despite negativity. It’s been a tough week not only because of the death of my aunt , but also because another relative of mine had a car accident (thank God she’s ok) and I’ve been hospitalize for an allergic reaction due to hair dye.
I looked an alien, my face was swollen and I when I got to the hospital I began having problems also in my throat. They immediately injected me steroids and antihistamines. Now, two days later, I’m still swollen on the left side, especially near the eye, and I’m taking antihistamines. Let’s say that I’ve had a difficult week.
I’ve never had an allergic reaction to any hair dye, so I recommend everyone to always do the skin test before you dye your hair to avoid ending up at the hospital. It’s really a bad experience. If the allergic reaction is not treated, you risk anaphylactic shock, so please always do the skin test. In the coming days I will book an appointment with a dermatologist and have a more detailed and accurate picture of how to handle the situation (I’ll do some tests and figure out what type of hair dye I can use).
Despite all this, there were some lessons to learn from this experience.
The first is of course is to do not take anything for granted. Even recommendations about hair dye.
Secondly I figured out how to be productive despite my brain refused to collaborate with me.
When we find ourselves in a situation of psychological and physical stress, discomfort and mental disorganization, we usually end up with nothing. Even if we have a lot of things to do, our mind is just too busy with negativity or shocked. In those cases, our brain takes a walk outside and finding solutions seems impossible.
Here’s some things I did to tidy up my mind.
1. Tidy up
One of the things that I felt the need to do immediately was to tidy up everything. It might seem strange, but it works. Especially if your brain took a vacation. Tidy up the house from the bottom to the top, get rid of clutter, throw away clothes that you no longer use, make room for new things, organize your desk, find a specific place for everything. It works, especially if accompanied by music with a fast beat. You don’t need to think, you just have to do it. If your brain doesn’t seem to collaborate, just take actions that don’t require his collaboration but that can improve your self-image. It sharpens your mind. And everyone knows what is the wonderful feeling one gets after throwing old stuff .
2. Fix situations
Another thing I did was to fix situations and docs. I had some payments to do, cancel a contract and fix some bureaucratic stuff with my former internet connection. Just like I did with old clothes, I removed those anxieties from my mind just doing what I had to do. Why procrastinating if you keep on having the constant though that you have to do make that phone call or pay a bill? Just do it and forget about it. They are an unnecessary weight in mind that only cause chaos. Once removed, clarity reappears.
3. Update your short-time goals
Another thing I did was update my goals. I hadn’t the chance to write on the blog, so I took pen and paper and wrote exactly what I wanted in the near future. The list includes various areas of my life, but those are goals that can be implemented over the next 14/30 days. The result is near and motivation is born again.
4. Pretend to have an inflexible boss near
Your boss does not want to know how you feel and what your negative emotions are. Your boss just wants the work to be done for yesterday. So even though I felt demotivated, I simply did what I had to do. And after doing it, I was more than satisfied, motivated and committed to take further actions and feel the momentum. I would not have achieved anything just by lying in bed depressed thinking about how horrible I looked.
The secret is to perform a series of small victories that add up with each other. Then your motivation slowly comes back and the self-image of a competent person reappears. Maybe if you’re overwhelmed by negativity, you’re unable to achieve big goals, so focus on small victories and you’ll win again.
The mere fact of tiding up or rearranging documents, may inspire you to have a more positive image of yourself, plus it helps to avoid thinking about the negative events that happened .
One thing I’ve noticed is that when we are bombarded daily with negativity, own our mood and our energy changes and the actions that we perform are a mirror of the energy that we have inside in that particular moment.
And then if you’re negative, more negative things will happen. So change your vibration, avoid thinking about this stuff, put on some music, tidy up, rearrange your life, get rid of everything you have to get rid of and find clarity.
I am usually a proactive and positive person, but a series of bad news can have an effect on us, it is normal. The important thing is to restore your balance and get back your positivity and good mood. Use what you have and do what you can do at that moment. You might have a broken leg , but this can not stop you from picking up a book and start reading , or watching a seminar on a dvd or reading blogs that can help you to don’t feel alone and get your momentum again.
Just keep going. Life is a continuous challenge but it’s also a game to play isn’t it?