Believing that I have to seek permission from others or ourselves to switch off and recharge.
Permission. Grant myself a permission slip to take time for mental rejuvenation, creative play and physical recovery.
A belief that I need to be self-reliant and capable of navigating all challenges without outside assistance.
Ask for support. Be willing to ask for emotional support and guidance from trusted peers, family members, therapists, coaches or mentors.
Mistaking commitment for workaholism, stubbornly forging ahead and not listening to physical or emotional warning signs.
Self-enquiry. Asking what story or belief might be underneath a perpetual desire to forge ahead, lose sleep or keep your nose to the grindstone at all costs.
Believing that ‘this is just the way it is’—not appreciating that my nervous system and brain is neuroplastic and thus have the capacity to learn and rewire.
Growth mindset. Viewing certain stressors as an opportunity for growth and reframing their context with personal values e.g. “I’m stressed about recording the NSM podcast because I deeply care about the work I'm doing...”
Lack of perspective.
Catastrophising, projecting into the future and imagining current challenges to be insurmountable.
Equanimity. Revisit my mindfulness practice and remembering that whatever arises, ‘this too shall pass’.
Times when I've experienced a harsh ‘inner-critic’ which gets in the way of recovery practices
Kind words. Start collecting ‘kind words’ in a note file on your computer as a reminder of how I've helped others or the impact that my contributions have had.