When I was growing up, I witnessed a close family member give too much of herself without taking any time to rest, recover and recharge. As a result, she burned-out and never fully recovered. This left an imprint in my mind that unless I took care of my emotional, mental, spiritual and physical needs, that I too could have the same fate.
Today, as a principal, mother, and wife I know firsthand the importance of unplugging and getting off the "treadmill."
Women, especially, are culturally conditioned to produce, to be everything to everyone and to aim for perfection in all areas of their lives.
However, all of this "perfection" is just an illusion. It is unrealistic and unattainable, and anyone seeking to have this in their life will only end-up suffering.
The work of a principal is relentless, the demands are non-stop and you are never fully off duty. That's why, when you do step away from the office, it's critical you spend some time refuelling.
Not doing so is selfish.
Yes, you read correctly. Why do I say selfish? Because by NOT unplugging, you're setting yourself up for illness and if you are ill, you will not be in a position to be of service to the ones who need your gifts, your uniqueness, and your creative force - remember that!
So, that being said, how will you unplug today?
Just one small act is all you need!