Switching off can feel somewhat of a luxury when you’re an overthinker, but even for the most relaxed of us, COVID has presented us with a situation none of us were prepared for.
At the beginning of lockdown, there was an abundance of support and ideas - from Joe Wick’s PE workouts to working from home advice. New hobbies, new ways of working and a feeling of being in it together.
We came out of lockdown and are now faced with the unfortunate ‘Hokey Cokey’ of changes. Are we in or out? How can we ensure we play our part and minimise ‘shaking it all about’? Add in the clocks going back in the UK, darker evenings and colder weather, its little wonder many of us feel are feeling demotivated and anxious, with switching off being an ongoing struggle.
Whether you’re working from home and finding your children off school again, you’re trying to run a business, you’re out of work and actively seeking work; or finding...
I first came across the term ‘selfcare’ in 2018, when my coach suggested I was desperately in need of some. During our first meeting, she barely had to scratch the surface and I was in tears. ‘I’m just so tired!’ I said. On my ‘plate’ was:
I was a juggler, only without the clown costume.
Selfcare…wasn’t that another word for selfish? Lacking in consideration for others and putting your own needs before everyone else’s? Me…never.
How could I do that? People needed me. People were relying on me. I was reliable, dependable, a mother, a wife, a manager, a leadership team member.
She then explained to me that selfcare was like putting on your oxygen mask on an aeroplane before helping others. You can’t help other people if you’re not fit and well. A dictionary definition is...