It’s not easy, is it? There are so many demands on your time right now, homeschooling, laundry, keeping the kids occupied, uncertainty over exams, constantly moving things so that everyone has a desk, cooking, cleaning, shopping, queuing, caring for relatives, reaching out to friends, making sure family, friends and colleagues are safe and that their mental health isn’t being impacted, oh and keeping all the plates spinning in work in all those ‘spare’ minutes. And that’s not even mentioning Covid-19 or anything that’s happening outside your own bubble. You’re going to bed late and up early and you’re exhausted. It’s hard being that person who holds everything together, the person who has to be ok.
This ‘always on’ and ‘always ok’ takes a toll. Physically, Mentally and Emotionally. It can be very tough, particularly if you don’t have the support you might otherwise have had and if your workload has doubled/trebled by all that’s going on. It’s not surprising you’re on your last legs.
If you recognise yourself in this it might be worth taking 5 minutes to step off the treadmill and reset a little, so that you are in a better place to go back to being a superhero. 5 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but when things are threatening to spin off out of control they can be incredibly powerful and can really help, so why not give it a go.
And I promise. Things can wait 5 minutes.
And thats it. unlock the bathroom door, or come back from your walk and face the madness again. But this time it's on your terms. You are calmer. You are more confident. You are more in control. You are someone who is in control of just these next steps and who knows why they're important. And you are someone who knows the benefit of taking 5 minutes for themselves.
There’s a caveat to all of this of course. This article provides general suggestions for managing those moments of overwhelm when they arise on an adhoc basis. If you are experiencing mental and emotional distress that you can’t manage on your own there are many options for support. Pieta House, Aware and the Samaritans offer an incredible service. For those on the frontline ConnectACoach offers free coaching support and Lust for Life/ Therapy Hub are offering a free 3o minute psychological first aid session to anyone in need.
This week is International Coaching Week and many ICF coaches are offering pro-bono coaching that may also help. Please reach out to one of these that you can relate to and take advantage of the free coaching. Coaching has been shown to help you process what is going on and helps you tap into your own resilience and capacity.
And finally please never hesitate to contact us here at Directionality where we strive to help you ease your burden and make your load a little easier to carry.