In the social sector, we are a passionate bunch of people, dedicated to being of service to others.  We go above and beyond to achieve our mission, often without acknowledgement of our personal sacrifices or the hours that it has taken to achieve the smallest of tasks.

In this ever-changing, busy and complex working climate – how do we look after ourselves?  How often do you prioritise yourself first?  How often do you do the things that make you giggle like a child again?

Is rushing from one meeting to the next and skipping lunch serving you or your community?  While it might tick the outcomes box in your next accountability report, will it ensure that you are around long enough to see your aspirations come into fruition?

Next time you find yourself running late for the next meeting, with a rumbling tummy or typing frantically into the keyboard at 8pm at night to finish that last piece of work for day… remember that our sector needs YOU, whole, well, and happy.

Struggling for some ideas to achieve some balance?  Here’s a few that I use…

  1. Write your next report at a café enjoying your favourite desert
  2. Take your meeting to the beach and enjoy sand between your toes
  3. Turn the music up while your checking your emails and sing until heart is content
  4. Put the work on hold and go to your childs/ mokopuna’s sports event
  5. Go and catch a yoga class for your lunch break
  6. Say yes to anything that involves laughter

He aha te mea nui o te ao?  He tāngata, He tāngata, He tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Jodie Robertson