"With this new lifestyle program you can beat work stress, become more motivated, and be happier at work." Does this sound familiar? Personal development and behavioral optimization are very trendy topics these days. There are personal development books and materials for every need, from promises to being able to upgrade your brain to self-control and developing new habits.
You might have come across different techniques and programs that promise to solve your problems, whether it’s your well-being, behavior, or making you happier, healthier, or more confident. You find yourself being intrigued by this new trendy program and the promises of the happier and less stressful work life.
While the program in its entirety seems to work, it is unclear in which parts or components of the program we truly gain these changes that we are being promised. Why would this matter? You could think of it like going to the gym. By following a self-made gym program you might feel you’re getting good results. However, compared to the person next to you, you seem to make as much progress in a year than he does in only two months. Both programs work, but the other one is much more efficient. Whilst we might have wasted money, time, and energy into things that made no difference, the person next to us might have optimized their workout to those specific muscle groups and with a specific diet. As a result, he achieved the same result in less time.
Rather than guessing what works and makes our lives better, there is also a new approach. Psychological research has found the essential mechanisms of change that explain human well-being and thriving. That means it’s finally possible to focus on the things that bring true change and save your energy for other things. Hooray! In the gym, this could mean some exercises you can confidently use without testing hundreds of different options.
For a lot of us our goal is to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Surprisingly often, this pursuit of meaning and fulfilment stems from our everyday struggles with prioritization and difficulties in dealing with unpleasant thoughts and feelings. When stressed, motivation is difficult to find when you are bombarded with new tasks from every direction. Perhaps the uncertainty of a permanent job could take away the last bit of enthusiasm from a new challenging work project. Where to begin?
The constant stress of our daily lives can really take a toll on us, but the good news is that these are skills that can be learned. Psychological skills (rooted in Acceptance-and-Commitment-based methods) that you can learn with Aatos can help you work effectively and perform better at work or in other aspects of life, even when experiencing unpleasant feelings and thoughts like stress. We at Aatos don’t wish to get rid of your problems, as you will inevitably face many challenges in your life at some point. However, we can recognise those difficulties and learn skills to not let them control our lives too much.
That means we don’t have to concentrate on putting out the fires, but instead we can practise certain skills we can use in various life situations to improve our well-being and make our lives more meaningful. Research shows that learning these skills can help with stress, anxiety, depression, and substance dependency, but also increase creativity, learning, productivity, and adapting to new situations.
Whatever task you choose to improve on yourself today will take you a step toward well-being and fulfillment. Naturally, we thrive to do things effectively, which can vary between different programs and what they offer. We at Aatos want to provide you with skills that can allow you to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, where life’s challenges do not come in between the kind of life you wish to lead.