8 Reasons Taking a Mental Health Day Can Re-align Your Career Energy

8 Reasons Taking a Mental Health Day Can Re-align Your Career Energy

The stress and overwhelm of our working lives can become all encompassing.

Work these days seems to never have a shut off button. We’re always connected, thanks to the joys of technology!  The benefits of taking even just one day to disconnect, are many. The results can have a significant effect on realigning your work and career energy, your zest, your engagement and your mindset. Give yourself space and time to shine.

  1. Opportunity to reignite your creativity. Being creative and engaging in creative pursuits is a key happiness pillar. We often go on autopilot at work with our usual day to day. The time to breathe, think, re-focus and get quiet allows the space for creativity to flourish.

  2. Take a mental health day before you start sensing you’re going to ‘lose it’. We all have a professional brand, that we portray, cultivate and display. Protect yours by knowing when you need that break before you start acting terse, frustrated, and unapproachable.

  3. Are you on a bonus scheme as part of your remuneration package? Having the fore-thought to take a mental health day can help to re-group, re-energise and re-focus. So you do not fall behind in your achievements, taking a day can largely contribute to the success of attaining your KPI’s.

  4. Takes the emotion out of decision making when were under pressure, overworked and overwhelmed, our emotions can get the better of us. A day at home, out of the office can produce immense clarity and fresh perspective on situations and challenges.

  5. Mitigates burnout. No one thrives in a habit of constant go, go, go. The demands of careers and personal life thrive best in a balanced environment. Take responsibility for your well-being for yourself, your family and friends by managing your emotions before burnout occurs.

  6. It is crucial to protect your personal boundaries. Being mentally, emotionally and physically available for our families and friends insures another pillar of happiness is met and that is……connection.
  7. Allows the nervous system to recover and realign. The constant stimulation of screens, people, demands, meetings, deadlines, commitments, staff, noise, rushing, air-cons, phones and emails is an overload to our nervous system. Your emotions, body and spirit will thank you for the welcome relief from this day to day grind.

  8. Re-energise your mindset. A mental health day can re-calibrate positive thinking, clarity, happiness and a sense of calm. 

To find out more tips, go deeper into this subject and much more, contact Dione McCurdy- Career Coach and Strategist. Interested in a professional career coaching program? Like to take advantage of the ‘Ask Dione’ service today? You can connect with Dione at www.dionemccurdy.com.au or dione@dionemccurdy.com

Want to quit? 10 Tips to Eliminate the Overwhelm of Resigning.

Want to quit? 10 Tips to Eliminate the Overwhelm of Resigning.

Resigning can be an uncomfortable conversation, particularly if you’ve been in a role for some time and you’ve dedicated many years to the organisation.

Here are your top tips:

  1. Ensure you have the new employment contract terms and conditions and all logistics of the new role, bedded down before you talk to your present employer. 
  2. It’s key to be crystal clear on why you’re leaving. Is your new role fulfilling the missing pieces of your current position? Have you exhausted all other avenues to remain in the present company? Is this a considered, thought through decision?
  3. Always act with integrity prepare yourself prior to your resignation. Be clear, concise, professional and accommodating if you can.
  4. Know your current contract the terms, notice period, restraint clauses or any other restrictions of trade.
  5. In case you are counter offered, think through what your response may be. If you’re purely driven by money and this is on the table, take the time away from the meeting before answering.
  6. Don’t ever burn your bridges if you can be open to an extended notice period then agree to this professional courtesy if appropriate.
  7. Pick your timing! This can be a difficult conversation to have and broach with your boss. Ensure you have captured your boss at the best time possible or even schedule in the meeting for greater conversation success!
  8. Clearly discuss the communications to staff. To mitigate Chinese whispers and confusion, discuss the communications and exit strategy with your leader.
  9. Professionally prepare handover notes.  Always leave on a positive note and extend the courtesy to your replacement by clearing outlining any helpful notes, documents and procedures.
  10. Agree to an exit interview if you wish to. These are fairly standard at most organisations. However, this process is not compulsory, so participate at your own discretion. 


To find out more tips, go deeper into this subject and much more, contact Dione McCurdy – Career Coach and Strategist. Interested in a professional career coaching program? Like to take advantage of the ‘Ask Dione’ service today? You can connect with Dione at
www.dionemccurdy.com.au or dione@dionemccurdy.com

 

The best tips to manage your ‘Work Mask’

The best tips to manage your ‘Work Mask’

I think we all agree that we have a persona, a brand, a perceived perception of ourselves, a mask we wear at work. Do you put yours on as soon as you walk in the door? Perhaps your mask changes on a daily basis depending on the demands of the day. Do you find this challenging? How close is your work persona to the real you? Some find it exhausting, feeling they’re unable to take their true selves into the workplace. It’s understandable, sometimes the situation demands it. I get it. 

If you’re feeling like 2 different people, have split energy around the work you and the real you – here’s a few tips to help you manage with ease and integrate as much as possible.

  • Embracing vulnerability is a huge part of revealing who you truly are. Having the courage to show that side of yourself that you’ve always kept guarded at work can be hard. Start small. Make a decision about sharing something or yourself with a trusted colleague or your manager one on one, if it’s appropriate.  What sort of things? You may have a hidden talent, sell your artwork at the markets most weekends, love riding motorbikes! Anything you feel comfortable with! Allow people in. This starts to help you feel safe about chipping away at the mask.
  • If you would normally remain fairly reserved in meetings, take one step each week to start sharing your thoughts, opinions and ideas, with confidence. Say what you really think! Walk into the meeting more prepared than normal if this assists with your confidence. As long as you’re concisely and professionally sharing your thoughts then embrace your voice.
  • If you’re masked up, you can be rest assured that your team are too. Having a leader who is guarded only makes your team feel disengaged, disconnected and well……a stranger to you. If you strive to lead by example and want an engaged team, take steps to get to know them and in turn, them to know you.
  • Wearing a constant guarded and unapproachable mask can affect your career. This type of perception can give the appearance of not being a team player, poor culture or company values. Take a moment to consider how you want to be perceived, what you are willing to impart about yourself, what emotions are appropriate for a work environment and what traits does a leader you admire, display? 

Why should we work on removing or at least chipping away at the masks we wear? Most career people can spend up to 50 hours a week or more at work. That’s a long period of time to maintain your persona. It’s not in dispute that yes, every work environment warrants professional behaviour but by disposing of our masks or at least downgrading it to a thin veil, can boost your leadership skills, improve your interpersonal relationships and ultimately boost your career……let’s not forget you won’t feel as exhausted!

 

To find out more tips or go deeper into this subject and much more, contact Dione McCurdy- Career Coach and Strategist. Interested in a professional career coaching program? Like to take advantage of the ‘Ask Dione’ service today? You can connect with Dione at……………….