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Making Time to Rest and Recharge Everyday

I’ve changed. And I like it.

I’m getting better at not feeling guilty for sleeping in, treating myself to chocolates, prioritizing my exercise routine, curling up with a good book and enjoying my alone time. I’m recharging for me to be me.

Pandemic burnout is far from over. Taking a few days off or having flex days is not enough. It took me two full months to recover from the fatigue I felt after carrying the enormous workload that comes from leading all the meetings, workshops, coaching, and facilitation programs, all year round.

We’ve done a lot. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve pivoted. And now we desperately needed to pause. Especially as we prepare for the next marathon and rush of work in the Fall.

And I’m not alone.

As we all strive to recalibrate to adjust with the new normal, more leaders are wrestling with how to create a workplace that can balance the see-saw of well-being and rapid innovation. But one thing is for sure — it’s going to require more humility, curiosity, and courage. The way we’ve always worked in the past is not going to work for the future. As each new week rolls by, we learn about how another company decided to delay the in-person office return, or they’re open only for ideation, or they’re keeping teams remote forever. Whatever the new policy may be, the key is to include well-being and an intentional space to be creative as a core part of the development.

Rest is not something we just do at the end of the month as a reward. We need to integrate it into our every day routines. And companies have the opportunity to design a work culture that prioritizes rest.

How will you treat yourself to being you every day so that you don’t get burnout?

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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