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๐Ÿ˜ฐ What can we do when we face personal struggles and we still have to deliver at work? ๐Ÿ’ผ

๐Ÿ˜ฐ We all have to go through difficult times in our personal life at one point or another... And we find ourselves having to juggle personal challenges while striving to keep things afloat at work. ๐Ÿ’ผ This can be a very tough balance and it's important to remember that we are not alone. ๐ŸŒฑ Everyone has struggles whether we are aware of them or not.ย 

As this is an important topic for me, I made a video to dive into strategies for navigating personal issues while maintaining well-being at work. From setting boundaries to seeking support, these tips can help us thrive even during difficult times. ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ช

Check out the video to learn more and remember, it's okay not to be perfect, but it's important to do our best and seek support when needed. Let's normalize conversations around personal challenges in the workplace! ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿข

Here is a summary of the video and of the key points discussed:

Acknowledging the Normalcy of Personal Struggles: It's perfectly normal to have personal matters occupying our thoughts while at work. We're all human, with lives outside of our job titles, and sometimes those lives throw us curveballs. Normalizing conversations around personal challenges in the workplace is the first step towards creating a supportive environment.

Effective Communication: One of the most crucial aspects of dealing with personal challenges at work is effective communication. It's okay to let our managers or peers know that we're facing personal issues without divulging details. This helps others understand any changes in our behavior or performance and fosters empathy and support.

Establishing Boundaries: Setting boundaries between our personal and professional lives is essential, especially during challenging times. While it may not always be easy, making a conscious effort to focus solely on work during work hours can help alleviate some of the stress and prevent burnout.

Practicing Self-Compassion: During challenging times, it's vital to be kind to ourselves and practice self-compassion. Understanding that we may not be operating at 100% and giving ourselves credit for showing up and doing our best is crucial for maintaining mental well-being.

Seeking Support: It's okay to seek support when personal challenges become overwhelming. Whether it's through therapy, support groups, or talking to friends, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Additionally, many companies offer employee support services, such as confidential counseling, which can be valuable resources during difficult times.

Ending the Stigma: Finally, it's essential to end the stigma surrounding personal challenges in the workplace. Everyone faces personal issues at some point, and there should be no shame attached to seeking support and understanding from colleagues and employers.

In conclusion, navigating personal challenges at work is a complex journey that requires patience, understanding, and support. By normalizing conversations, practicing effective communication, establishing boundaries, practicing self-compassion, seeking support, and ending the stigma, we can create a workplace environment where everyone feels supported and empowered to overcome personal challenges while thriving professionally.

To learn more about navigating personal challenges at work and implementing these strategies, check out the full video [here](insert link to the video). Remember, you're not alone, and together, we can support each other through life's ups and downs.

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