You can’t pour from an empty cup

Ever heard the expression, You can’t pour from an empty cup?

I’m not ashamed to admit that the last 3 months have been pretty exhausting, and I feel like my cup has been empty for some time.  

If I’m honest though, it seems like most of the people I’m speaking to have cups that seem pretty low.  

It feels like the whole country is clinging on until Christmas by their fingernails, and the break can’t come soon enough.

Taking a time to recharge and break away from work is vital.

In fact it’s just as important as working hard at your job in the first place. If we work ourselves to exhaustion, it only hurts us in the long run. 

While most business owners go into business for a “quality of life”  lot’s of us will admit that we end up working harder, and the “flexible” hours we work means that we go back to work after the kids are in bed…

Well deserved ‘me’ time is vital for our productivity. Nothing good comes from burning out so remember to take a little time and do something special for yourself.      

3 weeks ago I was broken and on my way down. I was exhausted and low. I desperately needed to “recharge my batteries” and I’ve done it. And the good news is that it was pretty easy.

You might think that recharging means having to take a week away in the sun.

The reality is that sometimes when people start dreaming of week-long holidays in the distant future,  it can have a negative effect. How can they ever find the time to do that? How long have I got to wait….

Though taking a holiday is necessary, and fun (as I write this I’m dreaming about a sunny beach!), recharging your batteries can happen much more quickly and simply than that.  If you need to recharge your batteries, try taking an hour back. Just for you. 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve brought myself back from the brink with the help of some daily rituals that I’ve brought in for me. They include a daily dose of affirmations, exercise and a bit of yoga. Typically it takes me about an hour but it doesn’t even have to be that strenuous… 

Reading a good book, running a bath, leaving an hour early, putting the email down for the night, getting a takeaway, visiting the cinema, going for a run…   All it takes is to put work away for a bit and make a little time for you. 

If you need support with finding more time for you, I’d be happy to have a chat, get in touch.




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