Monday 6 October 2014

It's OK to feel fed up with it all!

It really is!
Just because you are the only one at the helm of your business it doesn't mean that you have to give it your all every single day no matter what! Even those of us that have been at it for years get fed up occasionally.

I've just had one of those weeks myself!
Those that know me are aware that one of the reasons I have so many facets to my business is that it helps to keep my interest levels up. I can switch about between them which usually stops me getting bored. This last week though I've hardly been able to bring myself to switch on my PC.

I think some of this was due to the fact that I wasn't well and for the last few weeks have been switching from various forms of medication and going backwards and forwards to the doctors but I have worked through much worse illnesses than this. There are also rather high levels of stress going on around my family at the moment (nothing too bad, just stressful) and with all that and not a lot of sleep I think I just burned out a bit. I remember being like this before a few Christmases ago when it all just got too much.

It is at times like these that it would be easy to say, "Right, that's it, I'm giving it all up!" which of course would be a terrible thing to do after so many years of putting my heart and soul into everything that I do. And naturally I wouldn't do it as whether they appreciate it or not (and I think a lot don't) people rely on me and they need me to be here to help them.

 Does this happen to you?

A few days totally away from it all is often what is needed. Recharge those batteries, allow your brain to recuperate and be able to process new ideas. Find your enthusiasm again! When I say a few days away I don't necessarily mean pack your bags and take off into the wilds (although that would be fabulous and very beneficial), it generally just means
  • leave the PC off for a few days!
  • Stop peering at your phone every five minutes!
  • Let social networking look after itself for a change.
The world will not stop turning just because you aren't online for 72 hours! Lie on the sofa and watch reruns of Friends (I did a bit of that last week). Take a walk and breathe in the fresh air. Spend time with family and friends. The most important thing is to keep your mind away from your work for as long as you can. And then....  then....
when you are ready to come back you will be able to see everything in a new light.

I have to admit that I'm still not 100% back to normal as I'm still not completely better but things are definitely a lot more bearable than they were last week. I am also guilty of not heeding my own advice in this case though as I wasn't totally away from it all. That does make all the difference.

So for me, for your business, for your family and most of all for you...

be kind to yourself and if it all seems like it's too much right now, take a break. 


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