Emotionally Drained

“Emotionally Drained” is the title of this great article I just came across from the Harvard Business Review. The article shares some common sense and practical solutions on how to recharge and to persevere in the face of the turbulent times the world and each of us are facing.

When I find myself getting close to empty, I turn to my program participants for motivation. One encounter via Zoom, Slack, text or Facebook is all it takes to rejuvenate and keep going. Thank you Skagit Valley BASAM – because of you, I’ve got this!

Breathe

One of the things that’s always puzzled me is that we don’t seem to spend enough time learning how to breathe. Breathing is something we all need to do to stay alive yet we take it for granted that it’s something we can all perform at the expert level without much coaching. I was so thrilled to come across this article, which talks about how the US Navy Seals are taught breathing so they can perform at their peak under pressure. Try these hints and let me know what you think … if it works for the Seals, could it work for you?

Overthinking

I’m an expert thinker, I’ve been told that often and in every imaginable context.

I think a lot, I think fast, I think often. I never stop thinking; my brain whirs at supersonic speed. It’s exhilarating and it’s exhausting. So, I was intrigued by this piece from Medium offering perspective on how to get a strength, that because it’s been carried to an extreme, is now a weakness. It sounds odd to think about your thinking, which is what the author says to do but I’m giving it a shot this week. Anyone else been told they think too much? Want to join me in this experiment? Check out the

Self-Care: Banish White Rabbit

These wise words appeared on one of my social media feeds this morning. With the end to the Spring quarter rapidly approaching and stress levels ever increasing , it felt like a serendipitous reminder that self-care in whatever form is needed must be a “have to do”, never a “nice to do.

When things get hectic, as happens for so many of us, the first thing to fall of my “must do” list are the routines such as gym sessions, walks, no screen time, that I have carefully cultivated in less busy periods. I become like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland: I’m late, I’m late. And, while I get all my work done, it’s often at a significant personal cost to my well being, which takes endless time and energy to repair. I see the White Rabbit syndrome all around me, friends, family, colleagues, those with whom I’m learning.

Reading these words this morning was a much needed poke that I have to find a way to escape the White Rabbit syndrome by prioritizing self-care. So, I’m committing to one self-care action a day for the rest of 2019, with self-care to be defined however feels right that morning. I’m naming this personal accountability challenge “Banish White Rabbit”. If get tempted to allow the White Rabbit to become disruptive, I’ll be reminding myself of the alternative, less desirable outcome.

And now, I’m wondering if any one else, particularly BAS-AM program members, are interested in joining me on the mission to “Banish White Rabbit”? The support would be most welcome.