Sometimes the best solution is to do nothing. To bury your head in the sand for a little while. Switch it all off.
That’s what I’ve just done having taken a long weekend break skiing in the Alps with my partner and my dad.
Before I did, I let my clients know I wouldn’t be available, turned off notifications on my phone and I resisted opening my inbox all weekend.
It felt awful. Counter-intuitive. I panicked. What if something urgent happened and I didn’t know about it?
But I was burning out. I know I needed a break. I was not being the best version of me.
And slowly, after a day or two, I started to feel ok. The world wouldn’t end if I didn’t read the Guardian website.
I retreated, yet was more present that ever.
And burying my head started to feel all fluffy, warm and wonderful.
Now, I’m back. The sky has not caved in. I feel more refreshed, alive, and full of ideas. I can be that better version of me for my clients.
So, JFDI. Plan a break. Switch off. Even if it’s just for the weekend.