Thanksgiving is over and we’re entering the serious party season!
I’m talking to clients who are feeling an all too familiar weariness – especially at work – that crops up this time of year.
I know. Who wouldn’t feel this way when you’re “fighting” daily chronic pain, fatigue — or a body that isn’t working the way it should? Yes, it is natural to want to hide from people who are having fun (or at least trying to). And nowhere is this more true than in those offices that like to think they’re “employee-friendly” by encouraging the holiday festivities.
Bah, humbug. And, if you’re thinking, “No one can legislate my good mood” you’re right. But, be careful that you don’t shoot yourself in the proverbial foot!
I’m not suggesting you pretend to be the energizer bunny. But, ask yourself this: how can you pay attention to your limits and still be part of the festivities? This means paying even more attention to your body than you normally do and less to the emotional “stuff” around you.
The bottom line is that the best way to get and keep the support you need at your work is to show that you really do try to be “part of the team”. People appreciate effort.
Funny thing about cheer – the more you put out to others, the more likely they’ll give it back to you. And chronically unhealthy body or not, we all could use some of that cheer.