When it comes to your career you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of business. It’s very easy to get caught up in self imposed deadlines for whatever personal reasons we may have. One primary reason for me was I was getting older and had wasted too much time already.
This definitely caused stress that led to burnout. When you are transitioning in your career, either seeking a promotion or looking to start something new, you have to take care of the most important piece of machinery you own, and that’s you. You can’t advance if you are sick or even worse in the hospital. Believe it or not stress can even cause your body to ache because you are pushing yourself into overdrive.
Yesterday I decided to run errands then around 12 o’clock I shut everything down. Why? Because life is more than just being on the grind all day everyday. Sometime you have to allow your body and mind time to rejuvenate. You never know what great ideas my come entirely out of the blue. Here are 3 self care practices that can help you enjoy this process. It doesn’t always have to be grueling.
1). Simply take some time off. This is what I did yesterday. I chose not to even think about my current career, my dissertation, or my business. I chose this because I have a baby and I wanted to enjoy her. There’s some moments in life you can’t get back. I’ve loss enough but what I want lose is time with her. So go ahead. Take some time off and devote it to who or what you enjoy.
2). Meditate. You remember earlier when I said you never know what may pop into your brain when you take time to just let your thoughts roam. Mediation can help with that. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day first thing when you wake in the morning. Keep your notebook near by! When you open your eyes you may have some unexpected clarity.
3). Get out and get moving. You don’t necessarily have to commit to a full out workout routine but do something you enjoy. For example, go walk around in the mall, go skating, play basketball, go swimming, go play tennis, go wash your car, do some gardening, go jump on a trampoline, go walk around the park, etc. Those simple things you love to do, even if it’s not listed, will help you burn calories and reduce stress because you enjoy it!
At the end of the day just simply take some time for you. Life is short and believe it or not things are already worked out. Your tasks will be there when you return. That promotion nor that new transition isn’t going any where. Reward yourself for the progress you’ve made this far. You deserve it.
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