We all have the daily challenges of life and business and sometimes it can be overwhelming. I wanted to share with you that sometimes even the best of us need to retreat to refocus our thoughts, energies and resources. Just so you know, even though I teach this stuff, I personally struggle like everyone else trying to live a balanced and successful life. I have to take the time to remind myself that being in a bad mood is a choice, and that I can choose to look at my life and situation differently.
When you realize that you are experiencing burnout from the reality of life, it’s time for you to have what I like to call “the skill of awareness.” What this means is that you have to have an awareness that you are not in a resourceful mindset or mental state. You need to give yourself permission to nurture yourself and honor your emotions.
It’s important to grasp the concept that feelings are energy and they need to be acknowledged. The more you deny your feelings, the more they will push for recognition. There is value in understanding that there is an important difference between owning your negative feelings and focusing on them.
Do yourself a big favor and create an outlet that allows you to get out of your negative state of mind and honor your feelings. I will share with you that I love movies! I love going to the theater and getting popcorn and a drink and sitting there in the dark. I allow my own life to go into the background and set aside reality for a short time while I get into the movie. I always pre-frame myself that I am watching a movie and it’s not real but I give myself permission to be as involved in the movie as possible.
I tell you this because some days when I think I might really do something stupid, like lose my temper, I ask myself: how can I escape and take two hours off and reset my emotional button?
One way I can reset my stress level is to play hooky and go to the movies. There are days my schedule will not allow that, but I find that when I do let my kid come out to play, I can disappear for a couple of hours from my office and when I come back I am refreshed and balanced. Now of course, this is not a solution I can use on a weekly basis but when I do use it, I always feel better and can be more productive.
When I can’t get away for two hours, I will often go play with my pets for 10 minutes or take a walk and get into nature. Other beneficial outlets are nurturing activities such reading or listening to uplifting books, CDs or DVDs. Activities like fishing, bubble baths, walking, and meditation, make you feel good and give you some relief from the stress that is emotionally overwhelming to you. There are many things we can do as entrepreneurs but first, you have to give yourself permission for the idea that life is not all work. You need to reset your stress button to be able to be creative, productive, and successful
Your homework assignment: What are some of the ways you reset YOUR stress button?
Be creative and proactive to find solutions when you are in a sane place!