A few weeks ago, one of our Senior Clinical Psychologists, Dr Jo Soldan, wrote a Team Counties Blog post entitled ‘Keep Calm, Winter is Coming’ about preparing for winter. This topic has been on my mind lately as we come to the end of the financial year, the weather takes a downturn, winter demand starts rising and I sense people around the organisation are under more pressure than normal.
At such times, I think it’s incredibly important to do two things.
Firstly, for me to say a heartfelt thank you to you all. We live in a very pressurized, challenging environment where we get most things right and are getting more and more things better. I know that doesn’t happen by accident but through the contribution you all make each day. Especially at this slightly gloomy, frazzled time of year, I really do want you to know that it is very much appreciated.
Now more than ever, it’s also important to be easy on yourself and take care. Preparing for winter doesn’t just mean stocking up on Vitamin C tablets but making sure you take the time to look after yourself and keep your life in balance.
I had to remind myself of this over the last week, when I was extremely busy here, there and everywhere, including flying to Australia and back for work. I felt firsthand what it is to miss family, miss your life’s normal rhythm and crave some ‘domestic bliss’.
So with my own advice in mind, I spent part of my weekend having some valuable one-on-one time with my son. He loves Vietnamese food so on Friday night we went out to a Vietnamese restaurant and then saw the new Star Trek movie in 3D. The next morning, we dressed up warm to watch his school rugby team play. My son has an injury so can’t play himself at the moment, but standing on the sideline to cheer on his mates was definitely the next best thing.
When you’re pulled in every direction by work, ensuring you have normal domestic time with the people you love is so important. For me, it’s incredibly valuable to spend some time with my growing son by standing on a muddy pitch in wet weather and just doing the whole father and son thing. For a few hours, I got to forget about saving bed days, waiting lists and being the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015, and just be me. It’s the best antidote I know of for a busy and challenging week.