Give yourself permission – written by Gillian Barber

I am one of those people that is more concerned if everyone else is ok.  I like it when everyone is happy.  I put others before myself.  So no wonder I had driven myself to a point of exhaustion and overwhelm.  Then I lost my twin brother.  That put a cap on it and I decided it was time I did something about my current state of health and wellbeing.

I went to see an Integrative Doctor, had discussions, completed some tests and the result was Adrenal Fatigue/Burn-out!  I also decided to go to a Life Coach.  Both the Doc and my Life Coach said it was imperative I take time off – a short sabbatical, to focus on my needs only.  After much trepidation, I took the plunge and gave myself permission to just stop and I took the month of August off to rejuvenate and to reclaim myself.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make – you can imagine how many thoughts went running through my head – I mean, this is my business and if I am not at   the helm – then what?

Now that I have done it, I can honestly say that it was the best decision I have ever made.  It was so empowering to just say “I give myself permission” and it opened up a whole new way of thinking and being.  I mean I even baked two carrot cakes (the first one was a bit of a flop!) and I baked bread – I don’t bake!  What fun I had, it was so uplifting to stretch myself in a creative way. 🙂

Looking back and having had time to reflect, I realise that if I hadn’t have stopped, put the brakes on, and did whatever I could to only focus on myself (this is a very hard thing for me to do) that the results today could have been so very different.

I am refreshed and have so much energy.  I am excited and keen to take my business to another level.

Thank you to my clients, who because of the excellent relationship I have with them, were very happy to liaise with my candidates directly.  Yes, I even did placements in my absence.  You see what a little faith can do.

And to the candidates I represent – the lifeline of my business – a huge thank you for your ongoing support.

I know that everyone has different circumstances and commitments…my message is that we need to take care of our wellbeing and sometimes to do that, we need to be bold…make the hard decisions…take that risk that you so want to take…don’t hold back…and know that it will all work out just as it should.  Breaking out of the mould and doing what your heart boldly tells you to do will reap great rewards!