Relationships struggle, sometimes dissolve, employees and co-workers have issues, sports teams struggle to work together, coaches quit, friends get sick, the washing machine breaks - you know that moment when you just want to shut down and not be an adult? Yeah, I thought so - me, too!
I'm a fixer. When a challenge presents itself my first instinct is to fix it. As I've gotten older (and hopefully wiser) I've come to realize that some issues can't be fixed - at least by me. The best thing I can do is just listen and be there. That comes with a personal price - sometimes there is so much listening going on that I feel like I'm suffering from Drama Trauma! That's my sign that the mental clutter is too much and it's time to check out! Here are my top 3 ways to take care of me so I can be there for others:
1. Literally "check out" from electronics for at least an hour - no phone, computer, tablet - nothing that dings, whistles, vibrates, or otherwise indicates that there is possibly a need that needs fixing!
2. Practice some self care - a good cup of coffee, a pedicure, a massage (now that's a LOVELY indulgence) - we are SO worth it!
3. Listen....to myself! What is my mind and body telling me? I write it down, get it out of my head, and then try to take action to meet my own needs.
Do you suffer from Drama Trauma? Please feel free to comment - I'd love to hear what you do to combat it - and maybe we can support and learn from each other!
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