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  • Writer's pictureKanav Khurana

How to get out of your head

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

From personal experience, I can say that remote work and staying indoors has posed the following challenges:

  • People have become overworked

  • It has become difficult to segregate work and private life

  • We have become mentally fat with work concerns

Here, I share with you 3 things that have worked for me in these past 14 months of working remotely:

Meditation and Journaling in the morning

In his book, Naval Ravikant describes the mind as a "drunken monkey" that wants to wreak havoc. This is a comically true analogy. I have found that meditating in the morning for 15-30 minutes followed by journaling can work well to hit a reset on your brain and have it fresh for a new day.

Useful apps:

Meditation: Headspace

Journaling: Day One

Exercise when you become too emotional at work

It is good to be emotional - i.e - to feel what you're doing. However, there is a thin line between not caring and potentially caring too much. When you feel that work annoyances or stresses are taking control, use exercise to break out. I find a short and crisp HIIT workout to be useful. This has the following benefits:

  1. A pumping heart releases endorphins that make you feel good

  2. An elevated heart rate makes you re-evaluate the importance of breathing and life in general. This can help put things in perspective.

  3. Completing a moderately strenuous workout gives you a feeling of accomplishment. This feeling then slingshots into your post-workout tasks.

Useful apps:

Home workout: Official 7 minute workout by J&J.

Watch something familiar

This happened to me recently. Watching a familiar setting with familiar characters can make you feel "at home". When you end up mouthing the dialogues before the on-screen character, it can almost transport you in time to the exact moment when you saw the movie/series for the first time. This can prove to be freeing and reassuring.

Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not intend to promote the mentioned applications in any way.

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