This week,.. has been exhusting, life changing and exciting for multiple reasons! I am not one for airing things publicly, it’s just not me.
That being said, one of the things this week.. I have handed my notice in from my current role: As exciting as this was and crucial to mental health support in the UK and US, the time has come for me to move on. My stress levels in the last 4 months have made a negative impact on my health and an amazing opportunity presented itself over the weekend that I could not offord to turn down. So.. scarily making the move over the next few months and saying goodbye to an amazing company and team .
Since handing my notice in I have felt the drop in stress, the weight off my back and I noticed that silly things like being online from 7am most mornings and up until 10pm.. trying to complete huge public facing projects and making sure that during this crucual time with COVID and the impact this has on mental health, I am available for core meetings.
This morning, I made the decison to actually not log on at 7am but rather the 9am start I should be adhering to. I got to actually get breakfast with my husband and children, spending time with my them before we did the school run, talking and laughing and actually managed to shower and put make up on BEFORE my working day rather than grabbing 30 mins between meetings. Even the dog seemed to be shocked that I was out of my office for the time. Even more so, I was able to catch up on supporting my friends here either catching up or supporting thier blogging. It highlighted to me the fact that I was so commited to an amazing cause that I let it screw with my work – life balance and regardless of good causes, we need balance… .
I spent some time looking for key messages regarding this and found a great few suggestions from AAPS*.
KNOW what you want in work/life balance
DESIGNATE a “working late” day
Put the phone/laptop down and BE PRESENT when it’s time
RELAX to help “turn off”
Schedule things that make you HAPPY
MAKE-TIME for a post work transition period
TALK with a non-family member about your work stress
FOCUS on activities you value most
I have had a reset moment, putting things back into perspective … and for once, enjoyed my morning antics. Look after each other, look after yourselves.. xoxox
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♔ Outfit: Sorumin Good Morning Set @Mainstore
*AAPS – American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists