30 Jul Six ways to stay focussed at work during a breakup
Are you going through a breakup?
Is it difficult for you to concentrate?
Breakups can feel like the whole world is crashing around you. The hopes, dreams, and expectations you had for your future are crushed. Everything you see and hear triggers memories of your ex. When your heart is broken, your mind wanders to what you could have done differently, what you miss and analysing what went wrong.
One of the main things’ grievers complain about is being unable to focus, which can make it difficult to function at work.
If you’ve gone through a breakup you can probably relate to being unable to concentrate. A common example is going to a co-worker’s office to ask a question, but when you get there you can’t remember what you needed. Or tasks you’ve done a hundred times before seem completely overwhelming. There’s no question that it can be tough getting through the workday when your heart is broken and grieving a breakup.
So, what can you do?
Here are 6 ways to stay focused at work during a breakup:
1) Remember there is nothing wrong with you. Grief is normal and natural and so is having a brain that wanders when you’re grieving. When you start thinking about your ex, gently try to bring your thoughts back to what you are working on.
2) Ask for help. Grievers want to be heard with dignity and respect. When you start thinking about your heartache, quickly pick up the phone and tell a friend. Depending on your work environment you might even be able to share what’s going on with a trusted co-worker. Sometimes it helps to quickly share your thoughts and feelings, so you can return to work with a clear mind.
3) Focus on small tasks. Instead of worrying about the huge project you have to do, work on one tiny aspect of the project. Try to focus on little things. Like they say, “take it one step at a time”.
4) Turn off your phone and stay away from social media. It’s hard to focus on work when you’re constantly checking to see if your ex has contacted you.
5) Be prepared to miss old habits. If you spoke with your ex every day during your lunch breaks, lunchtime might be a painful reminder of your breakup. Be prepared by asking a close friend or co-worker if they’ll be available to talk during lunch if you need them.
6) Work the Grief Recovery Method. If you have been given the tools to recover from loss, be sure use them, EVEN IF YOU ARE AFRAID. Ultimately the best things you can do is get complete with the past because it will help you stay in the present moment.
If you don’t have experience with The Grief Recovery Method, there are a variety of options for you:
• The Grief Recovery Handbook: A step-by-step guide to moving beyond death, divorce and others losses can be purchased HERE or you can find it for free at your local library.
• Our Grief Support Groups are facilitated by Certified Grief Recovery Specialist’s and run for 8-12 weeks.
• Our 2 Day Personal Workshop is an intense weekend where you’ll learn all the tools you need to recover from this loss and future losses.
If you want to talk about your options, we are here for you. Schedule a call now.
Unfortunately, time will not heal your broken heart. It simply lessons the intensity of your pain. The Grief Recovery Method will show you how to heal your broken heart.
When you’re grieving, the thought of every feeling better seems impossible, but what have you got to lose?