Tuesday 10th August 2021
Elaine Needham, Board member of WISH Midlands and Director of Marketing, Communications and Realise charity at we are aspire, shares her thoughts on how to cope with having the children back in the house all day, and how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind with a busy working life.
If you’re reading this then you’re likely not jetting off, relaxing on a beach, hiking in the hills, or whatever you’d normally do on your summer holidays. But I am hoping you’ve got some time planned this summer to relax and take a break from work.
As I’m writing this, I’ve returned from a two-week trip to Cornwall with my husband and two children. A Cornish beach holiday as I remember having, so many, too many years ago to think about. But I feel refreshed, relaxed, and full of energy and enthusiasm to be back at work and drive our marketing, communications and charity work further again. That’s what excites me, doing more and making a difference for the customers and learners we serve.
I certainly wasn’t feeling this positive pre-holiday with the turmoil of the height of the pandemic, and everything that came with that. Which for me was a lot of juggling: work, home-schooling, and family commitments. But I want to keep this feeling that I have now. It’s happy and positive and surely so much better placed to do good work.
So, what will I do to keep my mind as fresh as it is, and bolster the coping mechanisms for a busy working life?
I’m thinking about me. Focusing time on me. And here are five things I’m doing right now:
So, whatever your summer looks like, be kind to yourself. The kids will do great. That dream holiday will come. It’s often the little changes we make that can accumulate to big differences. I’m mindful that I can’t keep my outlook the same as a bright sunny day every day, but if I focus on these things, make some time for me, whatever my mood, whatever my thinking, I will be as prepared as I can be to manage the situation I’m faced with next.
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