Quaky Duck Therapy!
Calm the mind and do it like a DUCK!
This is an article that I have shared with many co-workers… Now…I share it with you.
Stressed at work? Well here is some humor and some insight from a duck….
A little duck wisdom is all you need!
- Did you ever see ducks cross the street? They waddle and meander slowly… with purpose. Do that through your day. The best way is to take frequent deep breaths. It will increase oxygen to the brain and automatically calm the mind and help you to move slower.
- Put your ducks in a row. We tend to make lists in our head and in doing so; we apply times to these lists. Example: it will take me 20 minutes for this, 10 minutes for that, etc. Because our priorities can change minute to minute, making an internal list can make you more frustrated as you are using mind space that you may need for something else. Prioritize and write down the important things, but let go of the internal list. Instead focus on the here and now. If that doesn’t work then look calm, peaceful and fluid above water, but paddle your webbed feet really fast below water!
- Find your Zen Duck. Ducks love water, it is their element. Since you don’t have a pond, when you finally get to the bathroom, here is your chance to connect to water. You have the time to take an additional minute to take deep breaths, focus on the here and now and do a mini-decompression. Stay completely present in the moment. Find your Duck Zen and visualize the calmness of water. Visualize paddling slowly around in a pond feeling the cool water part way. Be duck like.
- Did you know that ducks have a community based mindset? They are affectionate and like to return to places they feel safe and comfortable. They don’t mate for life but they make strong seasonal bonds. You can too. You don’t need to love your co-worker but you do need to work together and do so respectfully for the benefit of the patient. So, return some duck affection to your coworkers as they are probably stressed too. When they get a good feeling it spreads…Coworkers and ducks need love too!
- Allow for change. Realize that the status quo it is not so status. When challenges or difficult situations arise, try and let them wash over you…..Remember, ducks are waterproof so you need to be too. Let things “Roll off like water off a duck’s back.” Release and continue on.
- Ducks don’t miss a thing. They have an awesome awareness like a nurse and can see 360 degrees around them. They also sleep with one eye open so they never miss a beat. Remember to trust your intuition and know your surroundings. We are lucky, most nursed don’t miss a thing! The duck can teach you to be mindfully aware of your surrounds so you can navigate your job with ease.
- Ducks have webbed feet and wings and can travel by land, sea and air. Remember to keep flexible in all situations.
- Did you know most MALE ducks are quiet? They don’t quack much, instead they grunt, squeak, and growl… hmmm…sound familiar? For us humans we need to quack! We need to talk about our frustrations and feelings. Reactions to situations don’t always match the reality, especially when we are overwhelmed. We can be completely out of perspective thinking we are drowning in a pond, when it is actually just a puddle. Talk to a trusted coworker or friend.
- Take your breaks. Even a 5 minute duck waddle outside will do you wonders. Anything to put your mind in the moment will give you a better perspective.
- When poop hits the fan…Duck! Sorry, I had too. Bad days end… eventually. Or you can go all bad ass-duck-warrior on this situation and consider it your “duck Journey” to combat the situation. Just think, Ducks will walk (waddle) their ducklings over a half mile to find a safe place for water and shelter. That is a long way to walk with little webbed feet. Now don’t you feel silly, it makes your 8-12 hour job pale in comparison
- Visualize and embrace the duck in you. The duck as a totem animal teaches you to move through the waters of life with grace. They give emotional comfort and protection. They know when to quack, and when to be quiet. They also help you filter out what is important. They bring clarity to your old patterns of behavior, people and situations. Ducks bring insight so pay attention!
- Ducks are determined. Ducks actually pluck the down feathers from their own breast to give their eggs insulation, cushion and the best chance of survival. Do that for yourself. Work hard, be the best you can be, but try not to be perfect. Some work days are just survival and safety based. Keep perspective. Remember, perfections is usually unattainable and will cause burnout. Keep focused, keep it simple and know your purpose.
- Make your coworkers laugh as it is contagious and healthy! Channel your “Inner Duck.” Go up to them and whisper a quack in their ear. Donald duck, Daffy duck, Rubber Duckie? Even the Aflac duck is funny! Besides, if you say the word duck real fast…you will sound like a chicken. Just saying.
- Keep it simple. Don’t make the situation any more difficult than it already is and keep you duck bill out of other people’s business. It is not your job to ruffle any co-workers feathers.
- A duck’s bill has a way to forage in mud to pull food and water out of it, plus there is an area on the side of their bill that strains small insects. Yummy. You don’t need to eat insects but you do need to drink more water! We humans tend to live dehydrated which can cause fatigue, moodiness, loss of focus, and difficulty concentrating. Being just 1% dehydration can cause this! Drink more water…so then you can go to the bathroom and visualize paddling around in a pond. See number 3.
Last of all……
“If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it could be a goose.”
I am not a quack. The duck made me do it!
P.S If you are finding increased stress at work, hypnosis can help.