It has been quite some time since I’ve been able to sit and write. I’ve been working hard these past couple of months and began to equate free-time with work time. When I first started working for VIPKid, I jumped in wholeheartedly. One of my new year’s resolutions was to find balance. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion that I am probably never going to achieve perfect balance. All I can do is try to take care of my responsibilities with a happy and grateful heart, while making sure I am taking care of myself.
Since I work on Beijing time, my sleep schedule got a little out of wack. Add pulling all nighters on the weekends to waking up each day at 3am and you have a recipe for a very tired and burnt out human. I’ll admit, I let money be more of my motivation for sleep deprivation more than it was for the love of teaching. It had been 2 years since I had a job and making money again felt so good.
- Que the Burnout –
After a minor breakdown, I played with my schedule a bit, stopped the all nighters (ok maybe I did 1-2) and made sure that I scheduled days off, but I was still not feeling fulfilled. I had to take some time to myself to process what it was that I needed as an individual and what my family needed from me. I made the effort to care for myself physically, spiritually, mentally/emotionally while leaning on the people I love for support and guidance. This is a daily practice that I still fall short of sometimes. Instead of wondering what I can do to feel better, I made a bulleted list of specifics to help me.
To know me is to know a person who is obsessed with organization, notes and highlighters. I created a small outline that focuses on 5 areas of self-care complete with examples as a checklist for achieving each part. I hope this serves you well. If you can take the initiative to check off at least a few boxes here and there, I promise you will see a difference. Click the link below to get your copy of my self-care outline.
How do you deal with taking care of yourself? Comment below and let me know. Thank you for reading my post!