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STOP taking everything personally

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Guys, it's really tough times and as recent posts have shown, our staff are feeling it and so are we. We really need to look after ourselves so we can support our staff, and stop these feelings of anxiety and overwhelm permeating into our lives outside work, affecting relationships, health and wellbeing.

I am going to share a few tips, over the next few days that I know will help you. These are for you.

Stay strong my friends, the country needs you

It's not all about you.

As managers we feel an innate sense of responsibility towards our homes, clients/residents, staff, company and relatives. It seems everyone wants a piece of us. When you are in the middle, fire fighting, dealing with situations, being a friend, manager, counsellor etc it is easy to get caught up it all. I do it all the time and am sure you do to. But the key is this

Don't take it all personally and make it about you. We all do it. We get caught up and can't see the woods for there are so many trees in the way. We get confused, anxious and mistakenly think we aren't god enough, can't cope, or are a failure. Friends, we are not failures.

Take a helicopter view, instead of being in the centre, trying looking down at the situation from above.

If you were starting again on day 1, what would you do differently? Do that.

And don't forget to breathe

Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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