At Aspire Cambridge, we know how difficult, and often scary, this time is for people. Not only are we all, naturally, wracked with concern for ourselves, loved ones, neighbours and community, but also for our businesses, jobs and financial situations. It can be overwhelming to feel all of these things for the most part of the day, so we are in danger of going one of two ways. Either going to extremes to control what we can, or completely freezing and giving up. For these reasons, the most helpful thing you can do for yourself and for others right now is to just pause.
Create a meaningful break at some point within your constantly busy day, as this allows you to regroup, recollect your thoughts and bring your mind back to the present. When you take this pause and free up this space in your mind, it is a lot easier to step back and decide what action is needed for the task at hand. As we are in such an uncertain period of time, it is essential that we all make this space and try to gain this clarity, in order to avoid burnout.
We have put together a quick guide on how to take an effective pause in your day, and bring your mind back to the present moment:
Essentially, it is all about breathing. Focus on your breath; please don’t think you need to lie down or do some complicated yoga pose for this, you can literally focus on your breathing in any quiet environment, sitting or standing. Now, focus on the sensation of breathing, how your muscles tense and relax. Get to the state where you are no longer thinking about breathing and focussing on your breathing, but how it feels to be breathing (this may take some practice – don’t worry if you don’t get it first time). You will get distracted, be it a ping of an email or the dog barking but remember to bring your attention back to the sensations of your breathing; the email will still be there in two minutes. As you keep doing this, you should feel your mind coming back to the present.
These sensations can only be felt in the present moment, which is why this exercise is so great for calming and settling a busy or worried mind. Be patient with this exercise, it is natural that you may be distracted every few seconds but keep pulling yourself back to the present by focussing on your body; every new breath is a fresh start.
To get through this time, we will need all hands on deck, and for everyone to be performing to their top level. There may be a plethora of reasons that you may be worried or stressed, but if one of these things are your job, this may be the perfect time to browse our vacancies or talk to one of our recruitment consultants.
Headquartered in Cambridge with regional presence in Kettering and Milton Keynes, Aspire Cambridge provide cost effective Recruitment and HR solutions to an impressive portfolio of customers spanning the UK and Europe. Working with a diverse collection of industries from start-ups to blue chip companies covering a vast range of sectors. Aspire Cambridge has an unrivalled knowledge of the jobs marketplace so it’s no wonder that they hold an impressive track record of exceeding client and candidate expectations.
How do they do it? By “Placing People First”.
Contact Aspire Cambridge:
01223 855440 | Cambridge
01536 295460 | Kettering
01908 926610 | Milton Keynes