As we are gearing up to end the first quarter of 2023, responsibilities and deadlines are undoubtedly at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Everyone is feeling rushed, focused, and committed to putting their best foot forward to start the next quarter. As such, we may find our personal needs have been placed on the back burner, and we’ve been unconsciously ignoring what our bodies are trying to communicate to us. In addition, it may be difficult to find a healthy balance between work/home life. Before reaching the point of exhaustion, it is important to stop and take a moment to replenish the water in your personal well. Below are three sure-fire tips to keep your well from running dry.
First, give yourself GRACE. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can. We are often our worst critics. Self-critical messages are extremely counterproductive. Instead, practice speaking kind and supportive words to yourself. Be as patient with yourself as you would be with a friend or loved one in a similar situation. Allow yourself the time and space to not worry about being perfect, and instead be unapologetically YOU. By giving yourself grace, you are free to focus on all your success and none of your mistakes.
Second, remember it is okay to ask for HELP. As much as we would all like to be superheroes, the reality is we are in fact only human. The ability to ask for help should not be seen as a weakness. Knowing when to ask for help is an admirable quality. Don’t underestimate your team’s willingness to lend a HELPING HAND. The thing you are struggling with could be the same thing one of your team members excels at. When you are overwhelmed and take proactive steps to share the burden, you are also helping to keep your personal well from running dry.
Lastly, ATTEND TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL OUTCOMES. What is that one thing you’ve really wanted to do but you keep putting off? Take a class? Do volunteer work? Whatever it is, and whatever valid reason you have for not taking the time to do it, I encourage you to MAKE THE TIME. Establish your support system and make it a team effort. Contrary to popular belief, attending to your own personal outcomes, despite all of the demands of your other responsibilities is not being selfish. Working towards your own personal goals will renew your sense of purpose which will spill over into all the other aspects of your life, and also keep your personal well replenished.