Some days can be really hard. Everyone is driving you crazy-- your customers, your staff, your family, your suppliers, the lot. For some reason, everything seems to be going wrong and everything is a drama that requires your attention. The reality is that these days are often no different from any other day; it's more a matter of how you are feeling at the time.

We all need a break from dealing with people from time to time. I tend to notice that I need a break when I'm a little short with people, or doing certain jobs that I do every day becomes a chore. Recognizing our individual signs of "people burnout" is really important, but we also need to know what to do about it.

For me it's all about getting out into the wild. The more isolated and removed the better and I love wildlife and nature. Spending a week hiking and getting back to nature is soup for my soul. These trips are incredibly therapeutic for me, there are no demands or pressures, and if I don't want to talk I don't have to. There are no social airs and graces; it's simply a time to recharge.

We all have our own recharging methods. If you don't know what yours is, perhaps you need to find out. It took me a number of years to realize that when I am stressed I need a nature fix and time away from people. If you are struggling to find your thing, try lots of things until you find that one special things that gets you back into the right frame of mind.

Now it might not be that practical for you to just back your bags and disappear for a week, so perhaps you need to find some ways to have a break from people during the day. I went through a period where I would go to a movie one a week in the middle of the day. It felt like I was being naughty, but it also felt really nice. I worked long hours, to take a couple of hours off in the middle of the day, once a week, really didn't have any negative impact on my week's workload, but I sure felt a lot better and I think that I ended up being much nicer to work with.

If you are finding that you have less patience than normal with your clients, maybe you should try to work behind the scenes for a while. Do those jobs that you have been putting off that need to be done (such as reading a few motivational books, attending a training seminar, doing your tax return or putting together a marketing plan).

The better we learn to manage ourselves, the more successful we will be and the easier everything will be.

Published on: Dec 27, 2016
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