You feel tired and running out of steam, 🥱and you know exactly what to do. Yet you choose to do nothing whilst expecting the best🤐.
I enjoy my job despite it being pressured. What makes it even better and enjoyable is having supportive colleagues within the team🤼♀️. With COVID, its restrictions and the associated inconveniences meant the pressure increased consistently. Initially, I used my reserved energy to work, and even worked extra hours to complete tasks.
This pattern went on for some months. My body signaled for a break🤦♀️. I had pains, aches, tiredness, and confusion🤷♀️. This impacted my personal life as I had no time to spend with my family and easily got irritable😱. It also impacted me professionally as my performance diminished🔰. I took longer to complete tasks and my standards reduced. I ignored all the signals as I wanted to persevere a bit longer.
I recognised the discomfort and signals at the very beginning. I could have listened to my body and acted immediately by having a break. This could have prevented a burnout, but I did not.
As professionals👨🍳👩🔧👨🏫👩🔬👨✈️, it is common to insist on working a bit longer not thinking of the long-term impact. Rather, prompt actions are taken when the situation becomes dire.
Some of the reasons I held back from acting timely was due to my beliefs. Such as lack of money💸, unpaid bills 🧾and inability to meet my family’s basic care needs🛒👨👨👦👦, and many more. These are EXCUSES that costs us a lot.
I was not being true to myself because of my beliefs.
❓If I am untrue to me, who do I think will be true on my behalf? ❓
👀🚀If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, what stopped you from being authentic to take immediate action?🚀👀