One of the first things we often jettison when things get busy is our personal, family and social life. Yet, paradoxically, these are the things that tend to refuel us. We do need to slow down into a different pace to enjoy these things, and we often have an instinctive reluctance to do this when we are trying hard to keep up at work. 

As a burnout specialist, I make sure to practice what I preach. I take active steps to have a life. In the last few weeks I met with friends, saw a film, learned about my local area on a guided walk, went to a concert and saw an art show. I also had nights in to enjoy the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.

No matter how little time you have spare, there is always some way to have a little bit of life in amongst your working week. The benefits are huge. Yet, if we are too stretched it is hard to free up enough brain space to organise this. That’s why it can be so helpful to get a new point of view. 

In my 30 years of working with people I’ve never been defeated when looking for a space in a client’s week where a bit of life can creep in. With the right mindset on, it’s surprising how many opportunities are there when you know how to look for them.

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