Presented by: Jen Johnson, PhD
Have you ever heard the phrase “put out into the world what you want to get back”?
Some people call it Karma. Some call it the Law of Attraction. But it really comes back to this idea that if you show up in the world in a certain way, it seems to come back around to you.
I’ve never really thought about this in terms of a burnout mitigation strategy until recently — and I learned it from my 3 ½ year old.
While we were putting away our holiday decor this year, my son found a candy cane, and he really wanted to eat it. He asked me to help him open it, and I said what I usually do to positively promote independence and growth: “You try first. You can do hard things.”
He sat down and tried and tried. Finally, he lamented, “Mommy, I tried really hard, but I can’t get it open!”
I told him I would help him and started trying to unwrap it.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve unwrapped a candy cane as of late,...
If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed something: I haven’t written a new blog since the beginning of November.
Here’s what you may not know: even back then, I was struggling.
In fact, my second-to-last blog was actually about how I was struggling to write the blog.
It was about that time that I met with my social media manager and mentioned I felt “burned out” in terms of writing the blog. She suggested I take some time off through the end of the year.
That sounded wonderful, so that’s what I did.
January came around and I still thought to myself, “I don’t want to blog. I’m burned out.” I had to roll my eyes because I hadn’t written one in months!
As I sat and reflected, I remembered the part in my book where I talk about how breaks or vacations don’t cure burnout. (Guess that applies to taking breaks from writing blogs, too.)
I decided to pick up my book and read...
This past summer I moved from Dallas to a small North Texas town called Wichita Falls. My mom was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and since both my husband and I do most of our work remotely, we decided we wanted to be near her so we could enjoy her last days together as a family.
We finally found a house and hired a moving company to get us from point A to point B. Yay!
Moving day came and the movers arrived (late) and the problems started piling up. One of the three workers was constantly on his phone and in the bathroom. He and the foreman were constantly yelling at each other because of this. The foreman didn't think everything was going to fit in the truck. The owner didn't care and didn't plan on resolving the problem, among other things, like telling me I didn't understand math. If you know me, you know that insulting my intelligence didn't go over well.
Y'all. I wish that was the end of it.
They arrived in Wichita Falls and among other drama (like asking...
I don't know about you, but I've personally had a really difficult Spring. My mom was hospitalized at the end of February, and by March she had passed away. She had terminal cancer and while it was somewhat expected, there's just nothing that can prepare you for it.
I was feeling really down this past week, and I decided to invest some time in a strategy that works really well for me and lots of my clients: mental time travel.
I just sensed eyerolls from all over the country as you all read "time travel."
Stick with me. It sounds stupid. I know, and in fact, that's how I initially felt when I read about this practice in an evidence-based journal. You can read more here if you're into science.
But turns out, it works.
Let me share how it works:
1) Take 10 minutes to completely set aside all the awful junk going down at home and work. All the overwhelmed and overworked feelings.
2) Sit down with a notebook or open a note on...
It's simple. It's quick. And when used daily over a period of time, it becomes more and more effective.
Also, it's free!
Ready for the anti-climactic announcement?
Stick with me. I know it can seem silly, but there's a large amount of research to back up the practice, so give it a try, and see if it's a practice you'd like to add to your daily self-care and detachment practices.
Let me share how it works:
1) Open a YouTube video.
2) Follow the prompts for one minute.
That's it! Pretty easy eh?
Let's try one. You just breathe in as the shape builds, and exhale as the shape goes away. Sit up straight. Focus on the shapes. Let everything else pass in and...
I'm coming at you this morning with some doctorly advice from an MD. And it's not doctorly advice about the pandemic...never fear!! That's not my lane, and I'm staying in mine.
The past six months I've been making some really big changes in how I engage in medical selfcare, a sub-category of physical selfcare.
I found out I had an autoimmune disease back in April, and there was a long list of things I needed to do to help my body recover and thrive.
I usually struggle with routinely taking pills and supplements, feeding myself well, and prioritizing my body, but the past six months have been drastically different.
I have taken 20+ pills and supplements daily. I've cut gluten, dairy, and soy from my diet. I've cooked at home more than ever. I have absolutely rocked it, and I've been so proud of myself. (This blog is not about praising myself so bear with me.)
Then came the six month bloodwork.
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