Nearly every client I work with has a hard time disconnecting from work.
Their minds are constantly re-hashing conversations, reconsidering strategies, worrying about what’s in their email.
The build-up of anxieties drives them to obsessively check their emails to see whether they have missed anything or gotten any feedback on their most recent projects.
Every time they check their emails, they are either “rewarded” with radio silence–Wahoo! I can relax for a minute!–or they receive more evidence that they cannot, ever, disconnect–Good thing I checked my email and can respond to this emergency right away!
Over time, this pattern disconnects us from our friends, family, and loved ones and creates an obsessive compulsive relationship with our phones and our jobs.
My clients want to be able to disconnect. They want to be present with their loved ones.
They want to enjoy a nice meal with their spouse and talk about something other than work.
They want to silence the chaos in their minds and focus only on what is happening in that moment.
They want to be able to put down their phones and make time to relax every day.
They know that if they don’t stop this pattern, every relationship outside of work is going to suffer and their mental well-being will erode.
But they BELIEVE they can’t stop. They BELIEVE disconnecting isn’t an option.
Sound familiar? Work with me and learn the foundational steps to protect your well-being and learn how to disconnect.
In order to fully commit to our profession, it means also making a commitment to show up as our best selves. It means investing in rest and life outside of work so that we can be fully engaged when we are working. To do otherwise is to cut our careers off at its knees because what we create is not sustainable.
Obsessive commitment to anything is not sustainable.
Recognize where your life is out of balance and endeavor to find pockets of rest and disconnection. Allow your brain to freak out every time you step away but honor yourself and your long-term wellbeing by making disconnection a priority. It WILL get easier with practice.
Your future self will thank you.
When we don’t practice disconnection and rest, we instead practice NOT disconnecting and NOT slowing down. We strengthen those muscles which ultimately makes any kind of balance even more difficult.
Today, I encourage you to find a pocket of space to reconnect with yourself.
You are not the job.
You are so much more than that.
Spend some time with your real self today. She might have some things to say to you.