As a result of the coronavirus, many employees are still working from home, and some will likely continue to do so until next year. It might have been easy to “temporarily” switch up your schedule and push through at first, but it’s been months. When your world has been turned upside down, how do you prioritize your mental health?
I personally reached my limit about two months into quarantine. I’d been staying so positive, helping others and working through loss after loss. But then, one Friday, I just fell apart. The pressure and pace of everything got to me, and I completely broke down. My mental health was shot; I was running on empty.
After my rock-bottom moment, things started to look up because I realized that my breakdown was the sign of a larger problem at hand. My friend and colleague actually told me he was surprised that it took me so long to cap out. “You have to rethink how to build your day to better protect yourself,” he told me, “and to be able to sustain the effectiveness you want.” He was right.
It’s OK To Be Overwhelmed.
In this piece I recently contributed to Forbes, I talk about a few techniques I’ve employed to assist in creating a work-life balance amongst the new “normal” we’re experiencing.