All I have read and heard about in the media over the last period is about the stress, anxiety and emotional wellbeing of people and how everything is getting too much. I have also seen an increase in the number of my clients coming to me with related issues.
If an issue is so big its very difficult to be in the ‘moment’. Or if that phone keeps ringing, people keep asking you questions or you have a full diary you may not have the any time to think. And that’s important.
I have been very lucky to be able to take time away from the phone, from actual work, and from other people to appreciate the beauty around me but to also give me time to think and arrange my thoughts, to plan my year ahead and to do something that I really enjoy – fishing.
I can’t recommend enough doing something you love or enjoy. Taking time for you.
We are warned when we are training about the ‘BURN OUT’ but I don’t think it matters what you do for a living or who you are as it can happen to all of us.
Its all too easy to swallow the stress of getting the job down, the ferrying of your kids about, paying the mortgage and you just keep going – pushing through because if you don’t who will and every other story you tell yourself.
Take it from me, it is so important to find a way to say NO, (if this offends I would suggest you question the relationship!). Take time away. An hour in the bath with a non work related book, sit in Hyde Park the listening to music, go fishing, play tennis, whatever is your thing – the world won’t end.
DON’T ignore your bodies warning signals, telling yourself ‘it will be alright’ your just tired…. Down time from whatever you do is so very important and not taking it will result in you not be able to do the things that you want or need to do.
Remember, when on a plane you are told to put your oxygen mask on first so you are strong enough to help others. Nothing you think you have to do is more important than YOU. If you don’t listen to what your body is telling you, then you wont be able to do the things that are in front of you.
No, I’m not burnt out, but I do have lots on and it’s a timely reminder to ask you all to remember: TAKE TIME FOR YOU xxx