One of the examples I use when teaching in workplaces is this:
Last day of work before a holiday; everyone is pissing you off, the list is endless, the demands unreasonable, and every cell in your body is exhausted screaming ‘just get on the plane!!’ as you desperately need your vacation, and like, now. There is no clarity at all, and you spin out of control with overwhelm. Even casual sideways glances from co-workers is taken the wrong way, and every task takes 6x longer than it should.
First day of work, back from your beautiful relaxing holiday; you walk around like a Zen monk under your breath saying “pffft whaaat is everyone so strung out about, wow, I really am a new person, I refuse to get stressed from NOW. I will be calm and clear and a beacon of joy in this sea of stress”. You are productive, creative and dynamic. Go you!!
Day three back at work; hand-wringing, hands hold head up at the desk like a bowling ball, red-rimmed eyes, bulging inboxes, to do lists that make your nauseous. You ask ‘why did I return, I wish I was back in (insert holiday destination) and my God I need a freaking holiday!’
I get everyone to hold up their hands who has had that narrative. It’s usually 100% of the group, laughing while they put their hands up.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when we are burnt out and freak out. It’s much easier to be our best
Sent with love,