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3 tips I have learnt from a wellbeing expert to help avoid living life on autopilot

Have you ever found yourself driving your car, only to reach a point in your journey and realise you can’t recall how you got there? (This happens to me a lot, quite scary really)!

It’s a common experience, highlighting how much of our daily actions are driven by unconscious processing. Behavioural science suggests that a staggering 95% of our decisions and actions occur automatically, without conscious thought. We essentially operate on autopilot and rely heavily on our unconscious mind.

This reliance on unconscious processing has profound implications for our wellbeing, both in the workplace and at home. At work, it can mean falling into routines and habits that may not serve us well, leading to stagnation or burnout. Similarly, in our personal lives, unconscious patterns of behaviour can affect our relationships and overall happiness.

Understanding this aspect of human psychology can help us to take control of our lives more consciously. By becoming aware of our automatic behaviours and thought patterns, we can make intentional choices that align with our goals and values, fostering greater fulfilment and wellbeing in all aspects of our lives.

For me, wellbeing is important because I’ve battled with mental health issues in the past, particularly anxiety. It made me isolate myself quite a lot and I struggled to see many positives in my life.

Mental health has become a real challenge for many people, but finding what works to make you feel better is key.

For financial advisers and planners, maintaining your wellbeing will translate into an even greater service for your clients. Here are some tips for doing so.

1. Cultivate trust through communication

Building trust is paramount in most roles, and you can do this by fostering open and transparent communication with clients.

Encourage your clients to share their concerns, fears, and aspirations, creating a safe space for honest dialogue. By actively listening and empathising with their experiences, you can better address their needs and build stronger relationships.

2. Prioritise personal wellbeing

By practising self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed, you can ensure you are in the best position to support your clients effectively.

Leading by example, you can demonstrate the importance of holistic wellbeing in both your personal and professional life.

3. Find your purpose

The third element to boosting motivation (and wellbeing) at work is purpose. Your purpose is the sense of “why” behind what you do.

You may find purpose in work that you feel contributes to something bigger or it may be a feeling of service when helping others. Alternatively, seeing the impact of your work can help develop your sense of purpose.

Consider if there are ways you could find more purpose in the work you do. By doing so, you’ll be on track to improving your wellbeing. Developing purpose, autonomy, and mastery can help guide you to building better mental health at work – but they’re not the solution for everyone.

We all find something that works best for us eventually. But, staying present in the here and now is what I have learnt to be the most important thing.

You can’t change yesterday, you don’t know how tomorrow will turn out, so why stress?

Focus on enjoying the here and now! If your clients can see the positivity in you, it is likely to rub off on them, which makes the work and the experience for both of you a much better one.

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