Most of my career coaching clients are hard workers and high performers. It brings them success, recognition and financial security, yet all of this can be fragile if we don’t look after our wellbeing. If you consistently spend more energy than you have available, and you do not take care of replenishing your resources, you will burn out sooner or later. This is serious stuff, which can result in depression and illness.
I know all about this because I burned out when I was working in banking. I did not listen to the early warning signs, such as low energy, irritability and mood swings, and eventually fell ill with inflammatory bowel disease for two years. Most of this time I was housebound with constant fever and nausea. Don’t let this happen to you!
“But I don’t have time for this!”
You may think that you simply do not have time to look after your wellbeing, for example by taking breaks from work, meditating, exercising or going for walks, because of the demands at work and maybe also from your family.
Yet, think of this: If you do not take care of yourself, it is just a question of time until you will eventually burn out. And then you will have nothing left to give to your work or family. You will not only become utterly useless, you will also become a burden on them. That’s in nobody’s interest!
In this video, I use a lot or crockery and blue mouthwash (!) to demonstrate what causes us to burn out, and how to prevent this from happening:
Time to be a bit “selfish”!
My top tip for managing your energy resources is to be a bit selfish and put our own wellbeing first. If we make enough time to look after our mental and physical state, we will feel more balanced and energetic. This means that we will have more to give to others.
Sometimes prioritising yourself is the best thing that you can do for the people you want to support, whether that’s your colleagues, your family or your community. Like they say on airplanes: put the oxygen mask on yourself first.
Start with small steps
How about starting by freeing up 30 minutes each day next week to make time for activities that will recharge you?
No idea where to start?
We take the challenge!