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Peace of mind… takes time

Published: 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Gabriella

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Gabriella Ekelund
06 mars 2020

Thank you Renee! Life is like a box of chocolate - right?!?!

Renee Remijnse
13 februari 2020

Thanks for sharing this Gabriella! I feel many of us (woman) face this issue as life seems to offer so many choices, experiences and opportunities. I like your apporach to mindfullness, few goals and reachable..prevening the risk of this also becoming a goal to achieve ;-). In the end we can only give the energy that we get back, is seems simple but enjoying small things every day is what helps me to be grateful and proud with all that live offers :-)

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