Resilience – A good question to ask yourself

Have you noticed, there’s one question we ALWAYS ask people when we meet them and yet, we NEVER ask ourselves that question. What’s more, it’s a very important question that needs an honest answer.

What’s the question?

‘How are you?’

When was the last time you asked yourself that question?

You might wake up not feeling well one day, but do you ever pause and ask yourself the question? Even if you think you’re well?

Many of us lead very busy lives. Often with very few, if any, breaks and it’s so easy to block out how we’re really feeling and just keep going until… something gives, possibly even burnout.

Very much like running a car without servicing and maintaining it. Eventually, either some essential part won’t work (like the brakes) and cause an accident or it’ll just stop.

Set a minute or two to one side every morning, sit quietly and ask yourself:

How do I feel?

Pause and see what comes back. Are you tired, or drained, or feeling helpless, or feeling detached, or cynical, or a combination of some or all of them or something else?

You might then ask one or more of the following questions:

What do I need generally?

What do I need specifically?

Who can I ask for help?

What can I do about it?

Then work out a plan of action, short term or long term.

I don’t know about you, for one thing, I know I’m ready for a holiday and I’ve already set a plan in to action.

When you’re busy, how do you check in with yourself to ensure you’re ok? Or do you have a way of knowing you need to do something before it becomes too late?

Or do you just keep going, until… burn out?

Seriously how are you? And what are you going to do about it?

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