Be Kind to Yourself

We are all working to pull ourselves – and others – through this strange time in the world, and if you find that you are more tired than usual, you’re not alone. Our mental and emotional workload is greater, even as some of the other pieces of our normal routine have lessened. Whatever our ‘normal’ work situation looks like, this isn’t it for any of us. Whether you are working less, or more, than you were a month ago, whether you’re working from home surrounded by kids, or in isolation and don’t see anyone else in person all day, life has changed. For many of us our work-life balance has been thrown off as ‘life’ and ‘work’ become more intertwined and inseparable than ever, and our usual patterns and routines have been disrupted as we’re homebound. Not surprisingly, Netflix traffic has hit an all-time high over the last month as we all look for some escape, but this week’s tip encourages you to step away from escapism and towards something more life-giving.

This week’s tip:

Take some time this week to create a self-care plan in four areas: 1) Work, 2) Physical, 3) Emotional, and 4) Social. What kinds of things give you life and inspire you in each of these areas? What’s missing for you in these areas during this time of quarantine, and how could you build these missing things into your life in this season? What barriers are in your way, and what could you rearrange to remove those barriers? Share your thoughts with a trusted friend or two, and encourage them to create their own self-care plan. You may then wish to check in with each other on your plans from time to time, to support and encourage each other.

Try this out this week, and let us know how it goes in our Facebook group! We’d love to hear from you. As always, you can subscribe to our feed here, or sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these articles directly in your inbox.

Published by Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson is the founder of Building Bridges Leadership, which works with individuals, teams, and organizations to create authentic community in the workplace. He also writes children's fiction and teaches creative writing.

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