The universe has a funny sense of timing.
Monday, a guest post that I wrote titled, "A Relaxed Mind," appeared on the Handmade Business Blog. In it I talked about why a relaxed mind is a creative mind and gave some tips for re-energizing a tired mind. Yay for me, right?
That same day, I sat in my director's office and uttered three of the hardest words for me to say; "I need help."
Our creative department is a high stress area where everything focuses around tight deadlines. That in itself is nothing new, and usually I work extremely well under pressure. What is new, is the fact that for the last year, we have been undergoing a major organization-wide reset process. So for a year our team has been living with the stress of the unknown and trying to regain some sense of normal. On top of that, a very talented project manager on my team left last week, so I have some new duties on my plate.
I told myself things were okay, but the way I treated my body and mind told the real story. Bad food, lack of sleep, worrying about all of the uncontrollable variables, I created a kingdom for stress to reign. And Monday, the stress that I tried to bury down deep inside of me began to mount its attempt to overthrow my sanity.
I had ignored own advice and piled more and more onto my plate, confident that I could do it all. Why are those words, "I need help," so hard to say? I don't know. What I do know is that I feel so much better now that I've said them.