“I only slept 6 hours last night.”
“I only slept four.”
How many times have you been part of a conversation like this?
We wear our lack of sleep and vacation time like a badge of honor. We’re proud that we get up at 6 in the morning and don’t go to sleep until midnight. When we live like that regularly, though, we are no good to ourselves, let alone others who depend on us and work with us.
I suggest we stop the madness of these goofy conversations and start competing about how well we take care of ourselves.
“I feel so great after having slept 8 hours last night!”
“I feel better than I have in ages because I’ve been eating fresh veggies everyday for lunch and jogging after work.”
Sound silly? Really? After competing for winning top honor for who’s the most miserable, this really shouldn’t sound silly at all.
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Give your body what it needs and it will be there for you when you have a tight deadline or when you have a last-minute meeting you don’t have a chance to get ready for. Don’t you think you’ll be more likely to respond to unprepared for questions if you’ve had enough sleep?
Take a vacation. If you’re afraid the people you work with won’t miss you, that’s an issue for you to resolve, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of taking some time off. When you come back, you might even be pleasant enough to be around that you will be missed the next time.
Wear your balance your loud and proud. Embrace it! You’ll be better off in long-term for it.
How do you achieve balance?