I’ve been told I’m not very good at accepting compliments, maybe it’s because my mind is scrambling for something nice to say in return. Do you know that feeling?
Here’s something that earned me a few compliments recently:
Thanks for your message!
I’m taking a day off to breathe, rest, and recharge… I might even exercise! I know how much great work needs to be done, and this is going to help me be at my best, thanks for understanding.
I’ll respond to your message following my return on Tuesday.
Do you ever feel guilty for taking a day off? Or do you commit the greatest crime of all and work during a day off?? Ouch.
I do both of those… but I’m working on it.
I’m working on not feeling like I’m burdening others when I’m not there to do my share. Instead I’m looking at how I can elevate others by trusting them to cover it.
I’m working on setting realistic expectations for myself instead of thinking I can do it all.
I’m working on understanding how I accomplish my best work and setting myself up for success instead of thinking that I can power through being overwhelmed or tired, and still create work I’m proud of.
I’m working on it. The compliments I received for this out-of-office message told me I’m not the only one.
Take days off. Celebrate days off. Recharge. Rest. Breathe.