If you were exhausted and overwhelmed, what advice would be most helpful to hear in that moment?
I asked more than 100 people this question in a recent community project. Here are the top 10 responses:
1. Take 5 – 25%
Sit alone in the bathroom; Take a moment; Go to your happy place; Mommy time out; It’s OK to take 5 minutes for yourself; Count to 4; Take a self time out; Take time for yourself; Be alone; It’s OK to take a break; Chill; Relax; It’s OK to just relax; 5-minute meditation.
2. Breathe – 19%
Breathe; Take a deep breath.
3. This too shall pass – 13%
This too will/shall pass; It gets better; It will get better; It will get easier; It’s all going to be OK.
4. You’re doing a good job – 12%
You are enough; I’m doing OK; You are doing just fine; You are not failing; You are doing the best you can; You’re doing great; You are doing a good job; You are doing an amazing job; Doing your best is not always being perfect; You are doing it exactly right.
5. Pamper yourself – 8%
Get a massage; Pamper yourself; Go to the spa; Watch a movie; Self care; Take a bubble bath.
6. Ask for or accept help – 6%
It’s OK to ask for help; Ask a friend or family member for help; Don’t be afraid to ask for help; Accept help.
7. Sleep – 5%
Sleep; Go to bed; Make time for sleep.
8. You’re not alone – 5%
You’re not alone; It happens to everyone.
9. Go for a walk – 5%
Go for a walk; Get outside.
10. Think of all the positives – 4%
Think of all the positives; Enjoy every moment.
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