These are difficult times for so many people around the world. COVID-19 continues with a relentless grip on society. How are you supposed to show up each and every day and lead your team when there are days that you want to hit the alarm button and pull the bed sheets over your head? It isn't easy but it's doable. I know from experience.
Just the other week I wasn't feeling like myself. Many of you know, I'm an optimist. I know of the glass half empty view of the world but without thought, I'm the half full kind of woman! Nine months and counting, the pandemic has challenged even my spirit. I woke up on a Monday and was grateful to rise for another day but truthfully, fierce friends, I was not loving the day. It turns out, I didn't love Tuesday or Wednesday either. My challenge was that I still had a calendar full of meetings, a team to lead, and work that needed to be done. Here's how I am able to 'show up' and do so authentically even when my mental health is in need of resuscitation:
Perhaps you woke up today and feel like I did the other week. Know that it's okay to feel that way. Try some or all of my approaches to help you through the day. Although I am not a counsellor nor should my experience be viewed as giving medical advice, if you find that you're having less good days than bad, feel depressed or need to speak with someone, seek the support of your organization's Employee Assistance Plan or other professional services in your area. If you are having thoughts of self-harm, immediately call 9-1-1.
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