In 2008, I felt like my entire life was falling apart right before my eyes. I was working 60 hours a week, neglecting my health, my only child was moving clear across the country to live with his dad and I found out the man I was dating was in another relationship. And to top it off, my cat died!
I was desperately in need of a break from everything. But instead of using my vacation time to get some rest, I went to a conference where I was checking email and trying to keep work moving forward during every spare moment. That’s when I hit the wall. Not only did I call my boss to quit (thank goodness she wasn’t in her office), but I started researching residential mental health facilities. I couldn’t do this anymore.
Thankfully, after a couple of nights of good sleep, I was able to reset and recover. But how do you avoid getting to such a breaking point?
No matter how important your job or business is, you need to take a break. For many, the holidays are a natural choice to take time off. But what do you do when you feel like there’s just too much on your plate to step away?
Over on the Startup Life Support blog, we have a new post and downloadable infographic from members Hugo Vasquez and Erika Brown with practical steps to set yourself up for a guilt-free vacation. Although it’s written for business owners, if you find yourself struggling to take time off from your job, the tips are relevant for you, too.
Take a read now so you can be ready for Christmas!
Speaking of holidays, what are you doing for Thanksgiving? Trying to make the decision on whether you’ll extend dinner beyond your immediate household is a source of stress for a lot of folks right now.
I know things may look a lot different this year, but there’s still plenty to be grateful for. This year could be the perfect opportunity to release yourself from some of the traditions that you’ve felt shackled to simply because that’s the way you’ve always done it. What new traditions can you create that would actually excite you?
I asked Platform for Purpose Collaborator and Licensed Therapist Kelli Center to share a few tips to help you ease stress and anxiety during this holiday season in the video below.
No matter what the reason, if you find yourself struggling more than you can handle, I encourage you to consider scheduling a session with a counselor. It doesn’t mean you’re broken or weak. We trust professionals in so many other areas of our lives, why not our emotional well-being? Finding a therapist can be like choosing a hairstylist. If your first choice isn’t a good fit, don’t be afraid to keep looking until you find someone who is.
Life can come at you fast, but you don’t have to figure everything out by yourself. I’ll be here to share resources and information to help you be all that you were created to be. Please take a moment to pass this along to anyone you think it could help.
And always remember, you don’t have to be perfect to make an impact.