No I’m not talking about a builders tea (although I am partial to a nice strong cuppa!). I’m sure you have all heard the phrase ‘fill your cup before others’ and I even say this to others who are not being kind to themselves. A few days ago I realised my cup was empty, I had given so much to my work that I was completely burnt out and to say that my emotional brain was maybe reacting was an understatement. I have however managed to fill it up and I can share some of these tips with you so I can help you hopefully catch your cup before its empty!
I can only thank my mindfulness practices for bringing to my attention the physical sensations of anxiety and stress in my body for making me stop and actually take stock and be there for myself to fill my cup up. I had realised I’d not had more than one day off work since the start of December, I had even worked over Christmas getting my newsletter, course and new branding ready. Even when I realised this it was not plain sailing, I had even realised that as a result of this overwork I had stopped some of my practices (other than my daily mindfulness – because I feel like I have lost an arm if I start the day without this!) which I professionally recommend to others to do for their happiness and wellbeing. I had stopped exercise over work, forgetting my gratitudes as I was so tired from overworking and managing about half a page of journaling before I got bored and started working early in the mornings!
As well as forgetting these practices, my values have been challenged a little over the last few weeks, one was getting told I was too nice and I need to be more brutal (nope that’s not me!) a couple of weeks ago – I think if my cup was more full I would have been able to handle this