Be kind to your mind.
This week I’ve been feeling far from my best. Destructive thoughts, a crippling lack of energy and a general fear of the future.
I’ve also delivered a, well received, two day leadership development programme. Sorted out a boiler issue in my flat for its new tenant (I actually fixed it myself 😳). Written a couple of blog posts that have been read by circa 500 people and had a couple of business development meetings which hopefully will lead to some exciting work in the near future.
The point of this post is not to get sympathy or attention for me (please don’t). It’s too highlight a few things:
1. People with mental illness are still capable of achieving things for themselves, their employers, their friends and their families. Don’t make the decision about what they can or can’t do for them, unless they ask you to.
2. Achievement can be a way of hiding mental illness from employers, friends and families. Don’t be fooled, don’t assume because they achieved that they are ok, don’t think they even value their own achievements as they probably don’t.
3. Encourage, using stealth if needs be, periods of ‘self care’ to become habitual. They will achieve more, learn to value their achievements more and be healthier in body and mind for building ‘self care’ into their routines. Heck, we probably all should do this whether we’re ill or not. Preventative measures and all that…
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