How do you turn it off?
When I’m in the work zone, I’m laser focused and nothing can derail my drive. An event planner is always on and with many functions in different stages, it is a huge puzzle with very delicate layers all stacked together with pressure building as the days until showtime tick down.
My job is to bring the vision to life. With all the variables in play, many of which are not in my control such as weather and travel delays, it is a constant and daunting game of chicken we have to navigate.
It is addictive but all consuming. Not for everyone but I thrive on it. The more the better.
I can go hard 15-20 hours per day if necessary for about 2.5 weeks and kick it into another drive. It is truly a gift that I’ve learned to harness over the past 25 years.
But watch out after, as I retreat and need “me time”. I totally shut down and will easily sleep 16+ hours straight. A weekend as a hermit is the only cure for my total exhaustion.
Always living in fast forward, it can be very hard to let go and have a so-called normal day. Keeping that delicate balance is a tricky and somewhat rocky slope to navigate. A solid release is critical for your own sanity and so you can remain at your best when it matters most.
I’m fortunate to have too many hobbies and always have a plan to disconnect. Whether it be taking off on a spontaneous road trip, slamming a racquetball late at night, launching my jetski into a calm river, shooting a few hoops, researching a new bucket list vacation, baking a favorite recipe, diving into a crime novel, creating a new trip scrapbook, binging my fav rom coms, riding the local single track bike trails, creating new music playlists, cracking a fresh break on my pool table and on and on…..
Find your release.
And never take for granted taking care of yourself first.