It's a common mistake. I'd guess you've made it as well this week.
I think that Ariana Huffington is pretty cool. (If you don’t know who she is, she’s a big name in the world of media - does the Huffington Post newspaper ring a bell)?
Apart from being a successful businesswoman, she is wise - and is kind enough to share her wisdom.
So when she brought out a book about SLEEP, I was a bit underwhelmed.
I thought, “Duh. Sleep good. No sleep bad.” Super eloquent, I know.
Until yesterday, when I hadn’t slept well through the night in over a week.
I finally realised. She had a point. A very good point. Good enough to write a bestseller about it.
My lack of sleep didn’t result in me lying in a pool of blood. (It’s true, read more about it here.
But it did result in me being overly emotional, unproductive, feeling like I was about to burst out in tears any moment, unable to think creatively and most importantly, unable to show up in a good frame of mind for my clients.
I realised that I needed to do something about it. And fast.
(I know that sleep deprivation is one of the best torture mechanisms…)
It got me thinking about the things we know we should do to take care of ourselves, but we let them slip. The more we let them slip, the easier it gets to let them slip, and the worse we feel and operate.
It might be sleep.
Or not eating too much crap.
Or going to see your psychologist.
Or actually leaving work at 5pm.
Whatever it is that makes the business of YOU work well, do it. Don’t think too much about it. Just put it in the diary and honour that time.
You’ll find that everything else will run more smoothly. Your work, your relationships, your mood, your temper.
And if you fall of the wagon. Don’t fret. Don’t make judgements about yourself. Just acknowledge it, and get back up again.
The healthier we are, inside and out, the better we are able to lead lives of influence and impact.
*If you struggle to put in good habits or practicing self-care, book a free call with me. Let's get clarity on what's holding you back so that you can feel better and perform better at work, and in life.