Having been hugely blessed by a week paid for and with family in the Portuguese sunshine, I realised just how much I benefit from an Intentional Rest.
I also recognised again how easily burnout could become a real issue.
You see, burnout isn't something you see coming - it silently creeps up on you, until one day, it renders you feeling helpless, disillusioned and completely exhausted. Just like many of the other lifestyle diseases we regularly refer to!
Before you take a deep breath, please don't worry! I wasn't anywhere near that point of no return, but intentionally taking a step back and resting I can see habits that have crept in that would slowly and surely be pointing me in that general direction. Habits such as working late, not switching off, not being fully present or available for family and friends and wanting to spend too much time on my laptop (I love my laptop - for both work and play!)
Unhelpful habits such as;
- Working late or long hours
- Not properly switching off or relaxing
- Eating at my desk or on the run
- Not being fully present or available for family and friends
- Wanting to spend too much time on my laptop (I love my laptop - for both work and play!)
But getting away from the tech for a week made me appreciated just how tired I actually was - without really realising it.
If I'm honest, I was a little unsure about going away to start with, but what surprised me the most was how quickly and how much I appreciated the quiet and time to zone out.
A dear friend and one of the Intentional Health team had been thoughtful and sent me a colour-in postcard to relax and unwind. You can see what I did in the image above - and I loved creating it! There is no doubt that having a supportive team, who both encouraged me to go away 'laptop free' and really forget all about work for the week, and who also who demonstrated they were more than capable of running the show without me, was a huge undeserved blessing - a real dose of Grace! (Thank you, team! ;-)
Why not be intentional this summer about some or all of these Helpful habits too;
- Eat well
- Relax & unwind
- Connect with others and
- Take a few short or even extended breaks.
I highly recommend it, and so does our team ;-)
Next week we'll be at the Creationfest! - Do come and say hello if you are in Cornwall!