I spend my days helping others overcome burnout – just want to say that out loud before I relate my recent experience.
I was on a zoom call with a colleague this week. My colleague was obviously depleted and at the same time strung out, reacting to almost everything I said, and also to anything I said to try and correct whatever I’d said before that. Normally, I’d know what to do to deescalate the discussion, but this time I didn’t do very much other than say that I hoped things went better for her that day.
I felt bad that I only had it in me to do only that much, but honestly, it had been a very challenging day. By the time we talked, I had nothing else to give, and not very much compassion or empathy to share.
I knew I needed to rest and re-generate, so I broke for a tea and something calming – I watched a cooking video. Odd how watching someone cook something then eat it can be almost as good as doing it myself! Healthier though.
It worked, and with that brief rest where I let myself unplug for a few minutes, I regained my energy and got back into work.
Unplugging works. All I have to do is recognize that I need it.
Here’s more on dealing with stress at work.
Quote of the Week
“Everything will work again if you unplug for a few minutes, including you.”
– Anne Lamott
How to turn off work thoughts during your spare time
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