Peace of mind… takes timePublished: 2020-02-04 10:22
As I turned my computer off before Christmas I rushed by a colleague’s office for a quick “Merry Christmas”. We rushed through our chat, both a bit stressed about the holidays and wrapping up work ahead of a few days off. On the move I said “this Christmas I just want peace of mind”. We both paused to reflect. And she said “you know what, me too”.
Sustainable change is not a quick-fix – no matter what it’s about. It takes time to change habits. Kilos that have been built up over months do not disappear after a week at the gym. A flu will not go away with a shot of ginger. A stressed body and soul is not fixed with a session at the yoga studio.
At Christmas I had an energy shortfall and decided to use my break to reflect. Essity’s vision and brand purpose both relate back to well-being. As a company we are focused on breaking barriers to well-being related to hygiene and health. A lot is related to physical hygiene and bodily well-being. But of course, a lot is also related to mental well-being. I needed to reflect on myself to be able to provide new thinking, be able to coach others and challenge existing ways of acting and working.
All my life I have pushed myself to perform and proceed. At work because I was striving to move upwards and onwards. At home to have a great personal life with all that it entails (happy family, worked-out body, healthy and happy). Today’s connectedness, accessibility and haunt for whatever perfect is, is making everything very superficial. Going deep into a task, a conversation, a person will be necessary success factors moving forward.
Throughout the years, I focused on getting things done. Like a little relentless engine. On track. Goal in sight. Be it the next work challenge, kids play at school, holiday with friends, runners contest. You name it. I have never really given myself time. Time to get well after a cold. Time to feel how I really feel after running a half-marathon. Time to focus and be present with my children and the people around me. Time to think about why my memory sometimes fails me. Reflecting on the whole thing, I have not focused enough on being in the present and how I feel about it.
2020 is all about getting peace of mind. Deselecting priorities and focus on the important ones.
- Being in the present – in conversations and whereabouts with people around me and the ones I love. Listening in and taking part without being preoccupied by other things and other thoughts.
- Getting – and staying – healthy. Setting a realistic bar is my goal this year. My body does not relate very well to chasing kilometers and seconds. This year it is all about getting the body in balance. I am starting with long walks in the forest.
- Focus on the task at hand and not doing several things at the same time. “Do, delegate, delete” is a tip from an experienced co-worker. It works as good privately as it does professionally.
Work-life balance is a key differentiator for Essity, one that we deliver on and support as an employer. I aim to continue to find ways to reflect on progress and think about what will support me in my change as I continue to strive for peace of mind.
Do you want to join me?