Well, we made it to the Easter Long weekend and I noticed from my recent Leadership Coaching sessions almost everyone needs a break. The beginning of the year has been a sprint with people trying to get back to a sense of normal with the threat of COVID lockdowns.
I have noticed the pressure that is occurring between many leaders. Sometimes we send an email forgetting to give context or forgot to check in with others and let them know we appreciate the work that they do (I know personally I have made a number of these mistakes and need a break too).
So, how are you going to recharge and refresh over the next couple of days? Of course, many people will have the reconnection with family over the holiday and this can be a nice way to reconnect. Although for some this can create a bit of stress.
Remember to take time for yourself. Take time to reflect on the leader that you want to be. It may also be a good time to reflect on the actions that you have been taking recently (at work and at home) and do a check to see if you are living the way you should be. No one is perfect, however sometimes we get so busy and under pressure that we need to take a break to gain some true perspective. Here are a few things that you may want to do during this mini break:
- Do Some Exercise. Everyone knows that when we exercise endorphins are released and they make us feel better. Take the time to get your body moving and ideally get out in the fresh air.
- Eat a Cherished Meal. I love to eat (probably too much!) One way to help recharge is to eat a cherished meal. This is a meal that is healthy and that you know when you eat it, you get that warm feeling inside. Preparing a meal with someone else can also be a wonderful thing.
- Let Someone Know You Appreciate Them. When we are under pressure we forget to appreciate the people in our lives. We forget the importance and value that they bring us. Take the time over the break to let the important people in your life know that you appreciate them.
Also many of you are wonderful supporters of Hands Across the Water and may have seen the message about us having to use some charity funds for admin for the first time. Although this was a challenging decision, it is in the best interest of the Thai children to ensure that we can support them long term.
Thank you to all of you who have contacted me and have shown your support. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Future of Leadership (click her to get your ticket) or on a future ride in Thailand!