EN 30 Under Thirty 2018 member Rachel Gregory, sales manager at Diversified Communications, says take some time out before you burn out.
We live in an exciting world. We can extract information instantly, communicate anywhere, be everywhere.
With the pace of life getting greater, and our to-do list forever, growing I want to bring your attention to the one important thing most of us are forgetting: time for you! I’m not talking about the brunch you had on Saturday or the trip to Italy you made this summer, I’m talking about allocated time for headspace. Switching off from social media and being at one with your thoughts. No, I’m not a wellbeing guru but I have learnt a lesson or two!
I have always been a social butterfly, packing out my weeks with endless plans, seeing family and friends, endless trips, dinners, always having something to do or organise while progressing a career I love. This is exactly how I burnt myself out.
Side effects of burning yourself out can lead to insomnia, depression, anxiety, and a range of other health problems.
So what can you do to give yourself headspace?
There are number of ways you can make time for you. Here are my top tips:
- Find a class you love – yoga and meditation are fantastic ways to destress (I would highly recommend yoga)
- The art of doing nothing – saying no to plans and having free evenings
- Reading – this is s great way to let your mind wander
- Social media free days – you will be surprised just how much extra time this gives you for yourself
- Headspace meditation app – i have only used this once but I have friends that use it weekly
As well as the above make sure you have support when you need it. There is no harm in asking for a deadline to be moved, sharing the workload or offloading problems to a family member or friend.