Take a pause to assess how life is going and what matters
Occasionally, we need to pause and reflect on what is happening in our life. If for no other reason other than self-awareness. It will lead us to seek our best interests and direction.
As a career professional in my 30’s, I learned the hard lesson of not prioritizing myself and my well-being. I had transitioned to the corporate world from higher education and loved what I was doing, but it took its toll.
Even since then, I learned to make my wellness — physically and mentally a priority. We have one body, one mind, and you need to be healthy for optimum creativity and innovation.
Some workplaces and organizations are not astute enough to understand your productivity is changing with your wellness is not at full capacity. As we know, you are replaceable, and your workplace may give your space or a bit of grace. Still, most organizations do not have the patience to appreciate the complexities of employee wellness. The next profit target or project plan will not wait for your well-being.
Your family, loved ones, and inner circle of friends can and will support you if you become replaceable by choice or otherwise
Remember, an organization and many of its leadership will do what is in its best interest at any given point in time. It is not personal, even if it feels that way. It is merely how our world of work and its process are designed to operate within a large-scale system.
Over the years, I have learned, so I share that you should choose yourself, bet on your well-being — you are always your first priority!
Here are four ways basic reminders about self-prioritization.
Rest — giving your mind a break from taxing and complex work. Remember, ample sleep is vital for resting your mind.
Reflect — spent a bit of time recounting various aspects of your life this past year. Review the challenges and the lessons learned. Smile and celebrate the achievements you have gained.
Rejuvenate — take time to enjoy time with loved ones, a hobby, or some quiet time. Find to boost your spirit, brings laughter and joy into your life, and indulge in it.
Reposition — now it is time to change what matters most. Be it a change in your workplace/position or a change in home life, repositioning your mind and action as your head in a new year will help with all you seek to achieve next in life.
As we go into a new quarter or year — Rest, Reflect, Rejuvenate & Reposition
Updated Sept 2022 and also published on LinkedIn in Dec 2021