It’s hard to feel 100% all of the time. When we find ourselves overwhelmed by work commitments, family, and what feels like a mountain of stress, we are so much more likely to experience burnout and exhaustion. A recent Gallup study found that two-thirds of workers experience burnout -- shocking I know. Instead of waiting for the physical and emotional effects to take place (exhaustion, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, etc.) it’s more important than ever to learn to incorporate rest in your routine to maximize your effectiveness at work-- and outside of it. If we weren’t in a global pandemic, it’s likely that by this time of year you would have taken some time off to recharge your batteries. But given the heightened stress and anxiety of the current season we’re in, I can’t emphasize it enough: YOU ARE NOT LAZY IF YOU NEED A BREAK. Even if you can’t take a trip or vacation, there are ways you can prioritize your mental and physical health before it’s too late. Whether it’s a yin yoga class (great options on YouTube), going to bed earlier, sleeping in, immersing yourself in nature, doing a social media detox or booking a massage -- find ways you can increase your resilience to withstand the stress we are constantly bombarded with. Give yourself permission to reset and recharge. It’s the only way you can bring the best of yourself to everything you do.

As the world is starting to open up, and beginning to resemble a little bit of what “normal” life looked like, this is an opportunity to get really honest with yourself. An opportunity to reflect and make conscious decisions about how you want to live your life when things get back to full blast in the coming months. If you haven't already checked in with yourself, now is the time. Can you create some time and space to process and get clear on the good that you can take away from this global pandemic and the events that have unfolded in the last few months? Whether it’s resilience, personal relationships, your career, prioritizing your health, or anything else -- what are the areas you want to invest into even more this year? On the other hand, can you get clear on what habits, beliefs, or patterns you can shed to make room for your best self? This can be quitting that job that makes you unhappy, leaving that relationship that’s draining you, or leaving anything behind that doesn’t elevate you.

By taking the time to get clear on the direction you want to take, you can make a conscious decision to design your life in a way that feels inspired, connected, and aligned. This work is hard, it brings up emotions -- but I promise it will help. Whatever you’re working through right now, remember it won't be like this forever. Keep your head up -- things will get better.

We’re nearly halfway through the year and many of us have had a lot of time inside allowing us to deal with emotions, changes, and come face to face with fears and realities we may usually brush away. While the first half of the year is nothing like what we could have imagined, it’s never too late to take steps to help you tap into your own innate power and help you finish the year off on a high note. As the world is starting to open up in a lot of places, this is such a good time to reflect back on what your intentions were at the beginning of the year and how this new reality has affected them. This is not an opportunity to be hard on yourself for not sticking to your resolutions, but a gentle check-in to help you get clear on what you want to invite in your life. You can think about how this situation may have changed you, where you have grown and where you have become more resilient. The nature of life is evolution and the truth is, you will never be in the exact same place twice whether you recognize it now or not.

This is a nice opportunity to check in with yourself and get really honest with what you want to see unfold for the rest of the year. It is time to continue building internal resilience as a result of the changing landscape.

A simple journaling session can be a cathartic exercise to help you quiet the noise and get your thoughts on paper so you can begin to take action. So if you’re ready, grab a journal and a pen, perhaps light a candle or meditate before, and use these prompts below to help guide your writing. Let whatever comes up to just come up, without judgment.

  • How am I feeling right now?

  • Where have I grown in the last 6 months?

  • What daily habit can I implement to get me where I want to be at the end of this year?

  • What do I want right now in my professional life?

  • What do I want to see in my personal life/relationships?

  • How do I want to feel at the end of the year?

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