Did we ever really know what ‘normal’ life was?
Every day was full of noise and chaos, and we sped through everything without taking most of it in. We became unconscious about our actions, reactions and the impact that we were making – on both people around us and our planet.
It was hard to breathe, but we pushed through anyway.
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
One minute, you’re enmeshed in everything you have going on, rushing from one responsibility to the next and barely remembering to breathe, because you have that much on your plate. In the next moment, everything is shattered, you’re broken and you can’t stop crying.
I knew I was exhausted. I knew I needed to make some changes. What I didn’t know was that ignoring these two things could have such extreme impact.
We’ve been taught for decades that being stressed is normal.
There’s a perception that if you’re not stressed, then you’re not working hard enough, and the pressure is piled on for you to ‘lift your game’.
If others around you are struggling under the weight of the things they need to deliver, but you’re sailing along and having a jolly good time, then you’re not a team player.
Every day is a battle between finding time and getting everything done.
Some days it feels like you’re a magician, magicking things out of nowhere, moving through time that doesn’t exist, putting out spot fires, dealing with the demands of staff, customers, suppliers.
It never ends.
It’s stressful. More stressful than you could ever have imagined. There are so many people relying on you, and it’s impossible for you to imagine ever letting any of them down.
It’s become normal – and something of a bragging point – to be able to point at how hard you’re working. It’s like we’ve confused being burnt out with being successful.
The second we adopted social media as a staple in our lives, we also adopted a highly visible way of life. We find ourselves enmeshed in a need to prove our worth, to show how busy and successful we are … every minute of every day.
It creates a false environment.
She has lit my fire that’s for sure!
From the moment I heard her speak, I sat up to listen to her commanding, calm, confident and beautiful feminine tones. I had no idea who she was or where she had come from, but I could immediately feel the warm sunshine cracking through the glass ceiling.
According to an ABC news report, the toll on mental health from lockdown fatigue and stress are staggering with a very conservative estimate of a 14% increase in suicide rates over the 2020 lockdown period.
Hence this is the time when we must step up and show leadership within our communities. Our social and familial networks are looking for leaders to shine a light on a new pathway in an uncertain post-covid future.
But how do we show leadership after lockdown?
As leaders of all ages look at climate change and the impact they can make to reduce our carbon gas emissions, we should all consider our self-leadership and taking responsibility for our carbon footprint. We can’t criticise leaders for their lack of environmental proactivity while leaving rubbish on the ground as we walk away.
Indigenous people have been living in Australia and managing bushfires in this harsh climate for more than 65,000 years with its leaders now saying the time has come to let them have greater involvement in the country’s care.
Every few years, our workforce completely reinvents itself. We have seen the advent of a large uptake of women joining the workforce, computers becoming a necessary part of work and now the fourth industrial revolution has brought about the age of automation and artificial intelligence.