Coping mechanisms video and transcript

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Coping mechanisms

Here’s a challenge. Try to watch this whole video without...

...looking at another tab or app, or opening a notification.

It can be harder than it sounds, even for just two minutes.

Because when we’re ‘always on’, we’re always being interrupted and distracted.

Making it tougher than ever to just focus on the task at hand.

Luckily we all have what it takes to be more in-the-moment.

It’s called being mindful. Paying attention, on purpose...

...being present in the moment, non-judgementally.

In fact, back before we were ‘always on’, we practised mindfulness every day. We just didn’t know it.

We kept our work life and home life separate.

We watched TV without scrolling through our phones...

...and devoted ourselves... one activity at a time.

So if we want to be more resilient to the ‘always on’ culture, we need to free ourselves up to live in the moment. Just a bit more, like we used to.

There’s no need to meditate or do yoga – unless you would like to. It’s more about making some small changes... the way we use phones, computers and all kinds of technology.

Turning off notifications on your phone.

Setting our inboxes to prioritise the most important emails.

Pausing the podcast. And listening to wordless music while we’re working.

Setting a timer for each task to give us a manageable period of focus.

Putting social media out of reach, by removing the apps, or setting a daily usage limit.

Cutting back on working longer hours by going for a walk in place of the old commute...

...and putting the laptop away at the end of the day.

These are simple steps towards being more mindful and less distracted.

...And if you’ve made it through this whole video...

...without checking your phone you’re on your way already!

Watch our module 3 video for more techniques.