Mental health at work

About the author : Clifford

Clifford Jones is the founder and managing partner of Clarity Strategic Advisors, LLC, a business advisory company focused on training, leadership, and business development. He is the co-author of four books, author of an award-winning blog, an inspired speaker and the creator of the Clarity Strategic Action Planning Blueprint. You can connect with him at

You don’t need to be a psychologist to realize millions of us feel like we’re losing our minds. This article aims to offer you at least one way to improve your life.

You probably feel the same sinking feeling we experience when our brains have had enough information; emails, posts, notifications, online meetings, etc.

A tsunami of data crushes our minds, bodies, and souls into chairs and couches for even more Netflix binging. If you haven’t heard about or read Johann Hari’s new book, I suggest you read it. 

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–and How to Think Deeply Again,” by Johann Hari, is a great book. Once you know more about how social media, online data, and your mind is programmed, you’ll be ready to build healthy defenses. What Hari calls “Surveillance Capitalism” is taking a significant toll on us.

The scenario Hari describes reminds me of the 2010 movie, The Social Network. The primary message Hari delivers is big tech has hijacked our brains, and they mine our data to make lots of money at our expense.

Our minds can’t handle all the information hitting us. Studies reveal our screen time has gone up by more than 300 percent. At the same time, face-to-face interaction has declined by as much or more. 

These are recipes for potential human disasters.

How to Deal with Stress

Some stress can be good for you. Consider the benefits of walking more, exercising intensely perhaps, and staying fit. You can follow a natural cycle for relaxation and recovery after a hard workout.

Let’s look at the primary sources of stress that can quickly become toxic and make us sick. Once you are more aware of what causes stress, you can begin to do something about it.

  1. Stress in life. The significant causes of stress in the U.S. are clear. A Stanford Graduate School of Business study found the primary causes of stress to be “lack of health insurance, the constant threat of lay-offs, lack of autonomy in decision-making, long working hours, low levels of organizational justice, and unrealistic demands.”
  2. Stress at work. There are seven sources of workplace stress. Workers experience stress due to excessive work demands, too much effort and too little reward, lack of control, too much change, relationship with a boss, lack of social support, and job security. (Source: TTI SUCCESS INSIGHTS)
  3. You’re stuck or off track. As one example, maybe you feel a bit lost, stuck, or off track in your career. Perhaps you’re not sure what your purpose would be in retirement. Accept that part of your life and be grateful if you feel stuck, overwhelmed, unclear, or uncertain about your goal. 

Assess Your Stress

The primary sources of stress can be assessed, measured, and coached. The fastest way is to gauge your stress levels on a scale of 1-10, 10 being your stress is highest.

Sure, many professionals will offer a barrage of tests and assessments. Start improving your awareness of yourself, your feelings, and your natural ability to heal, rebuild, and thrive.

My team and I offer workplace stress assessments that measure all the sources of stress. Once you know the source of stress, it’s easier to take proper action. Naturally, if your boss doesn’t care about your well-being, you may be working in a toxic environment.

When you work or live in a toxic environment, your body, mind, and spirit can take so much before you feel overwhelmed. Every minute you ignore and numb that pain, it will cost you and the people who work, live, and play with you.

If you can’t change the environment around you, do everything you can to work on yourself, including making a significant change. Don’t let your health suffer. Create a new plan for yourself.

Becoming More Mindful About Planning Your Life

Do you ever feel stuck, down, sick, and often “not good enough?” Instead of feeling stuck for long, decide to shift your consciousness and think at higher levels. Cancel negative thinking and self-talk as soon as you hear it. Replace it with healthier thoughts that give you positive reinforcement. Never stop practicing being more mindful.

You are what you think, say, do, and feel. If none of that is what you want, cultivate your awareness. If you think, “I’m not aware,” you’re aware of that. Be grateful for everything. Almost anyone can develop better awareness and understanding of the people, places, and things around them.

Knowing and Getting What You Want

Getting what you want is easier when you have clarity, confidence, and purpose driving you.

Once you know what you want, you need to craft a plan you’ll follow. You might also need mentors, guides, coaches, contractors, and maybe even employees to help you get where you’re going. In essence, you need to create your new life roadmap or blueprint.

Use Stress As a Springboard

Don’t beat yourself up and add to your stress levels. Use your stress as the springboard to courage, clarity, and confidence. Invest in yourself as best you can. Be still at least once a day, journal, pray, contemplate, listen, and wait for internal guidance.

Follow your heart. It’s the gateway to your soul.

Practice Healthy Habits

Here are five healthy habits you can practice to feel happier, healthier, and wealthier.

  1. Conscious breathing. Be intentional about taking deep, full breaths, ideally through your nose. Please start thinking about your breathing even though it happens naturally. Breathing through your nose is scientifically proven to improve your red blood cell count. Fill your belly as if it’s a balloon. Exhale slowly. That’s one way to move more fresh oxygen through your brain and body all day long.
  2. Be grateful for everything. If you’re not happy, be grateful for that. Use your gratitude for anything you don’t like or want as your springboard into active planning and action.
  3. Plan with intention. If you want a successful business, write a great business plan. The same is true for your life. You are the CEO of You, Inc. Act like it.
  4. Replace the junk with healthy stuff. Replace the unhealthy aspects of your life with healthier ones. You know which habits can be harmful. Improving your health is a mindset; otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article.
  5. Build your mind, body, and energy. If you believe you fell from the Garden of Eden, tend your garden better. Your garden is a metaphor for your mind. When you know the power of your mind and how the subconscious and unconscious programming works, you can tap into your infinite potential. Intend to build a better plan of action.

Plan to Take Charge of Your Life – Get Clarity for Life™

This article aims to offer each reader at least one way to improve their life. It’s also to promote my new guide, Clarity for Life™.

Clarity for Life™ is a 39-page do-it-yourself life planning guide. You’ll see the exact steps to follow to start taking your mind, body, and spirit to new levels.

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How to Get Clarity and Confidence Fast

The truth is anyone who has the burning desire to change their life can build healthy mental defenses and habits against stress and plan to live the life of their dreams.

How about you? If you’re ready, start writing your new plan today.

Tony Robbins once said, “The secret of living is giving.” Give yourself the gift of clarity, and watch what happens.

When you take charge of your life, start writing a new plan. When you follow my step-by-step process, you will learn how to: 

  1. Thirty simple steps to write your new life plan and start living it.
  2. Reconnect with your purpose using a short, simple exercise. 
  3. Cultivate the feeling as if you already have what you want.
  4. Discover the “10 Realms of Real Wealth” and transform your happiness, health, and wealth.

May you find more clarity and confidence in your work and your life.

Thanks for reading my article.


What is one thing that helped you enough to apply in the real world starting now? I always appreciate your comments and suggestions.

About the author : Clifford

Clifford Jones is the founder and managing partner of Clarity Strategic Advisors, LLC, a business advisory company focused on training, leadership, and business development. He is the co-author of four books, author of an award-winning blog, an inspired speaker and the creator of the Clarity Strategic Action Planning Blueprint. You can connect with him at

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