An important stress management skill is the ability to “keep your well filled.” We certainly cannot serve others or ourselves effectively if we are drained and lack enthusiasm and life balance. I attended a wonderful workshop given by David Lee about workplace relationships years ago at the National Wellness Institute conference. David Lee challenged us to answer the following questions:
- What brings me alive? When have I been happiest? What people do I love to be around?
- What is not working for me anymore? What deadens me and drains my energy? How do I “should” on myself, silencing the still, small voice?
- What activities fill my well and recharge my batteries?
These are great questions to ask yourself when you feel drained and discouraged. It really is up to you to change your life. Feeling stressed? Ask yourself the challenging questions. Make choices that work for you.