Many people function wearing an assortment of hats on a daily basis: professional, parent, partner... And even beyond those titles, some are care givers, companions and CEO's! How do we juggle positions, passions and people without dropping the ball? Here are three tips to not only stay in the game, but to be the best at what you need to do.
Rest - The mom of a newborn will hear these words from every mom who has ever gone before her: "You need to sleep when your baby is sleeping". Why? Because people can't be good parents when they are exhausted all the time! While not everyone is a parent of a newborn, many are sole proprietors of a business, or soul protectors of a loved one who is failing in health. Without rest, our judgment is off kilter, depression seeps in and we lose balance in our plate spinning ensemble.
Rejuvenate - No one was meant to exist on this planet as a work horse. Take time to have some fun! What excites you? Are you a beach person or a mountain lover? When was the last time you explored a new area of your city, went on a bike ride or paddled on the lake? Physical activity is critical in acquiring new energy for life. Have you lost sight of your passions and dreams? Know yourself well enough to discern if you need to make time to relax with friends or take a time away from people to soak in some solitude. However you best re-charge is just as important as scheduling the time to do so!
Re-Evaluate - How often have we been in a routine or schedule that we personally don't recall signing up for? We said yes out of love, we agreed to help out of compassion and now it's been months or years with lots of tears and we can't seem to get off the ride! Step back to see the big picture. Ask for help. Choose to vent to a friend who is not part of the equation. They usually have an objective perspective. No one will hate you for wanting to re-evaluate your situation, and if they do, that should be a key indicator that you need to remove yourself from their agenda.
So you see, in order to be the best you need to be, it starts with taking care of thee! We often carry people in our hearts, but we are not designed to carry projects on our shoulders or people on our backs. Learning how to rest, rejuvenate and re-evaluate challenges will empower us to leverage our lives and start living again!