The weight of it all can be oppressive. Being a leader, being responsible for anything or anyone right now is a job filled with angst and stress, worry and fears. It can be hard to breathe through the anxiety.
You are exhausted, burned out and ready for a break.
The projections indicate that you will not get relief anytime soon. The people you serve are hurting, and they need you now.
The last several months most of us have just ducked our heads and focused on our feet – one foot in front of the other. Get through today. Get up tomorrow and do it again.
You must find ways to reenergize and renew. You must focus on selfcare. And encourage your staff to do the same. Be that role model! Remember their strength is your strength.
Take a minute, take a breath, lift your head, and see the horizon. You just ran a marathon and are being asked to run another.
There is much to be thankful for – you have, in fact, survived this far. You are smarter now. You are stronger now.
You have responded to your clients and eased their pain. You have served your mission. You have done much with little. But you are going to be OK.
Get sleep. Take your PTO. Move – every day. Turn off the news. Get fresh air. Take extra Vitamin D. Drink lots of water. Call a friend and laugh. Cook your favorite meal. Read a book. Listen to music. Doodle – with color.
You are not alone. It is OK to be the person you are today
And ask for help. Your community is eager to step up.
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