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Overworked and Overwhelmed

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Overworked and Overwhelmed

The Mindfulness Alternative


15 min read
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To avoid feeling overwhelmed and stressed, create mindfulness through awareness and intention.

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Many professionals feel burned out due to increased responsibilities at work, a corporate downsizing or restructuring, the constant onslaught of technology, or other aspects of modern life. Leadership coach Scott Eblin shows busy executives how to develop mindfulness through awareness and intention. He created the “Life GPS” model to teach managers and professionals how to bring out their best at home, at work and in the community. He suggests routines to improve your physical, mental and spiritual health and your relationships through exercise, meditation, reading, connecting with others and thinking about the big picture. The benefits of being fully present include improved health, decreased stress and stronger relationships. getAbstract recommends his advice to harried people seeking better work-life balance.


If You Feel “Overworked and Overwhelmed”

John owns a consulting business. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, he worked a 17-hour day. His activities included navigating through tough LA morning traffic, making a conference call to Denmark while driving, attending an all-day meeting, dropping off a client at the airport, participating in an evening conference call, eating dinner and preparing for the next day by reading emails before finally going to bed.

Increasingly, managers and professionals report their lives seem out of control due to economic pressures and to ever-increasing use of technology. As downsized corporations “learned how to do more with less,” their surviving employees faced the “blessing and the curse” of “the rise of the smartphone.” Smartphones can be fun, but they make it, first, possible and, then, nearly necessary to work around the clock. A survey of executives, managers and professionals (EMPs) found that a typical smartphone-wielding EMP “is interacting with work” 72 hours of each 168-hour week, or about 43% of the time. Factor in sleeping, eating and grooming, and EMPs have only 40 hours a week – about 24% of their time – for other activities...

About the Author

Executive coach and co-founder and director of the Eblin Group, Scott Eblin offers free “Habit Hack” videos on breathing, meditation, gratitude and yoga at

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