Knowing when to take a step back

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On Sunday I wrote that this was going to be a very busy week. Let me re-phrase that. It is a very busy week. I’m working hard to prepare everything for the trip to the US and Europe and it’s going well so far, but I’ve had one more interview and a school visit booked in last second. I’m very happy about that of course, but this means I have to be even more mindful with my time. More precisely, this means knowing when to stop, when to rest. Since last year, my body is less able to handle stress and quickly turns on the warning signs; dizziness, fatigue, a faster heartbeat, racing thoughts. I have to respect these signs.

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Therefore, today after my interview I have told myself to eat a kind lunch (lentil soup) and then nap for as long as my body needs it. If I can’t finish everything I have planned to do, I have to make some decisions and reprioritise. It’s not the end of the world. This is a very important lesson for me, to put my health and well-being first.

If you’re reading this and also struggles with the aftermath of a burn-out or are a recovering perfectionist – know that you are not alone. I see you, and I believe in you ♥︎

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