The juggling act is real. We are all juggling work commitments. On top of looking after our teams, home, family, physical and mental health and the list goes on. Add the pressure of working from home or managing a team across a range of lockdown scenarios. And the juggling becomes even more challenging. For some, there is a feeling of not even having 10 minutes of time for myself.
How do we take a break from juggling?
We need to take a break from all the juggling. Yet at the same time we realise that it’s not easy. This is where one of the coaching tools from our Certificate IV in Workplace and Business Coaching (10834NAT) can help.
This simple tool helps us look at everything we are juggling. Firstly, write down all the pressures or major things you are juggling. Then, for each of these major items, have a think about things that we need to stop doing or do less of. Quite often there will be things that we can let go of. Alternatively release some pressure around for now. Finally, think about what you can start or do more of, without adding to your list. From here, you might be able to make some commitments.
For example, if I stop logging onto emails late at night. I can start going to bed a little earlier. Or start doing some mindfulness practice or reading my book to ease into sleep. We don’t want to be stressing and putting ourselves under pressure to read at night time. Rather we are making a commitment to stop the emails to give us that precious time.
Perhaps you are juggling keeping the house clean. Perhaps you can stop putting yourself under so much pressure to have a perfect house. Furthermore, make a commitment to start asking for help, rather than doing it all yourself.
Try to include some mindfulness practice
We are sure that you will come up with a lot of solutions using the Stop/Start coaching tool.
In addition, we also highly recommend some mindfulness practice. You can listen to the webinar to enjoy this special time out. And we can almost guarantee you will feel better for it.
Perhaps it’s time to put those juggling balls down?
And enjoy that focus on yourself.
Reach out for help
Importantly, to look after others, we all know that we must look after ourselves. With this in mind, if you or someone you know needs assistance there are numbers below to contact.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- DirectLine Victoria drug/alcohol counselling on 1800 888 236
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Yarning SafeNStrong on 1800 95 95 63
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774
- HeadtoHelp on 1800 595 212
- Brother to Brotheron 1800 435 799
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