Good morning my blogging family, today is my spot on the book tour hosted by LoveBooksTours. I am reviewing 'This isn't working' by Catherine Morgan. Thankyou to Kelly at LoveBooksTours for gifting me an Ecopy of this book in return for an honest review.
The Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffling, and Quiet Quitting—clearly something is not right at work. Rates of stress, anxiety, and depression were skyrocketing before the COVID-19 pandemic. Tied to their smartphones 24/7, many people were overworking, measuring their self-worth and value by how busy they were. They compared their lives to the filtered lives of peers on social media. They worked in corporate cultures that didn’t support employees, and they undervalued the importance of their own mental and physical health.
During the pandemic’s height in 2020, many people were forced to stay home. Some found themselves without a job at all; others had to learn to do their jobs remotely. It was during this “down time” that many people realized that busyness, overworking, overconsumption, avoidance, and numbing weren’t helping. In fact, it was batshit crazy.
In This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, career transition expert Catherine Altman Morgan explains why we shouldn’t be striving to get back to “normal,” because normal wasn’t all that great. Instead, we need to EVOLVE.
Through her company, Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., Catherine has worked with many clients who suffer with physical and mental health issues caused by work-related stress. In this book she offers techniques and strategies to rethink how we live and work and start feeling better almost immediately.
I thought this book sounded really interesting, any way in which we can improve our working life and gain more balance has got to be a winner. It began with a lot of scary statistics about the numbers of people who had resigned and changed jobs since Covid. Its mind boggling when you think about it! As I read further I was unsure whether it was completely relevant for me, I was struggling to relate to a lot of the discussion surrounding corporate or own business working. However the it became a lot more relatable as I continued. I was able to compare my own working life with some of the examples and I enjoyed reading some of the authors ideas about how to take a step back and reset your own mindset to stop work taking over your life and having a good balance.
The burnout and fatigue chapter really resonated with me. It is something I struggled with last year and has taken me a long time to come back from. Decision fatigue is something I can definately relate to, as well as procrastination. It was interesting to read her insights into the reasons why these things happened.
I also found the chapter about smart phones and socials really close to home. It's something I need to work on. I don't want to become disconnected from the real people in my life.
"Lonliness is an epidemic right now even in our hyper-connected world, and disconnection can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression."
I will be putting more boundaries in place to stop the "doom scrolling"
I loved the chapter about cultivating happiness and joy. This is another topic I'm really focussed on at the moment. Meditation and gratitude are things I am trying to bring into my days more. After reading her tips I ran off and began writing the things I was grateful at that time!
"Joy is sometimes just a whisper, but it's usually there"
I loved her differentiation between happiness and joy. It got me thinking and I will certainly give her words a lot of thought.
All in all this has some useful tips for ways in which you can balance your work and life and fund joy in the every day.
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How is your work life balance? Do you think you could benefit from reading this book? Let me know in the comments.