Harnessing the Power of the 3rd Space

Fitness & Training Tips
By PJ
PJ

About PJ

It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.
De Stressing, de cluttering our minds and transitioning between our various roles in life is one of the great challenges we face in the 21st century. Managing our stress is a huge part of staying physically and mentally healthy and letting it run rampant can have a huge negative impact on our health, productivity and ultimately our happiness.
Dr Adam Fraser <http://www.thethirdspace.com.au/> is the driving force behind the third space. A simple mental checklist or framework targeted at the periods of time in our day when we are transitioning from one task, place or role to another.
It’s a 3 part process to ensure we remain focussed, productive, calm and mentally ready to take on the next part of our day. It works as follows:
1) REFLECT
On what you’ve just finished, finishing this process with the positives. This is important to help provide closure on this part of your day and can contribute to preventing thoughts from that space from resurfacing as distractions when they’re not wanted later on.
2) REST
Do something to relax your mind. This can be as simple as closing your eyes and taking 3 deep belly breaths, listening to some music, reading a light book or doing a simple 2 minute meditation. Doing this effectively will set you up for point 3.
3) RESET
How do you want to show up for the next phase of your day. This phase is about putting yourself in the appropriate mental space to thrive in the next part of your day. For me arriving back home from work as a father and a husband the quote  ‘It’s not about when you show up it’s how you show up’ really resonated in regard to this point.
In my experience, for example transitioning from work to home, I tend to skip over point 1 (reflection) and dive straight into point 2 (rest/relax) and then only sometimes think about resetting.
This is something I’m keen to work on and I’d be interested to hear people’s experience with the above or similar?

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  • Nice one PJ.

  • PJ

    Glad you liked it Suzi 🙂