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When it comes to self-care, boundaries are more important than bubble baths

A lot of people are talking about self-care at the moment. 

No wonder - the world has gone crazy in a lot of areas. Many things are getting more extreme - the middle ground seems to get smaller and smaller - and with prices rising and war around the corner many people worry a lot.

The antidote: self-care to not burn out and to make sure that you can be your best self. 

BUT - what IS self-care really?

A lot of advice goes in the direction of

  • Doing something for yourself - like a bubble bath or a hike in the mountains
  • Exercise to work through the stress
  • Sleep
  • Meditation
  • Take more time off

All good ideas.

Today I'd like to suggest something else. 

Something that goes deeper and has the potential to eliminate sources of stress.

Setting boundaries - a perfect way of self-care. 

That, of course, requires you to KNOW what you are available for and what not, how I tend to phrase it - I found that easier to answer than "what my boundaries are" - the result is the...

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Monday thought #12: "Stop glamorizing overwork & busyness"

Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #12: "Stop glamorizing overwork & busyness"
15:09
 

We need to stop glamorizing overwork and busyness - please! 

It's nothing to be applauded. Particularly when the consequences are dire. And still too many people wear exhaustion, a fully packed calendar which does not leave any breathing space and even burnout as a badge of honour. 

Why? 

Well, there are a number of factors. Having to do with beliefs we grew up with in our society (and believe me - they are utterly unhelpful!) and because we live in a (working) world where demands are so high that - most of the time - they literally cannot be fulfilled. 

Sounds like a conundrum? Maybe.

You've got the power though - to change it. 

Listen in to this week's Monday thoughts to learn:

1. The two major beliefs that keep us stuck in overworking and busyness
2. The underlying reasons why it's so hard to say good bye to overwork
3. The 3 main strategies to get out of overwork and busyness and towards more joy and energy.

Got any questions or comments? Just drop me an...

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Monday thought #11: "Let's talk about boundaries"

Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #11: "Let's talk about boundaries"
12:56
 

We all have them. Some many, some less. Some are very conscious about them (not SOO many though), most only sense them when they are crossed. Some give them a lot of thought, others none. 

Boundaries.

And different people around me react VERY different to this topic. Some believe boundaries are totally overrated, others keep a whole rule book and have not the slightest bit of flexibility. 

Question is though - why do we need them at all?  What's their purpose?

AND - how do I know or explore mine (got a nice and easy tool here).

And if we know them - what do we do with them then...particularly when they are crossed?

And why is it that we let others cross those boundaries? 

Valid questions. And I'm giving it a shot to answer them in this week's Monday Thoughts. 

Let me know what you think and/or if you agree or disagree.

Enjoy! 

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