I don’t mean to be a broken record but the past few months have been incredibly overwhelming. I’m still not quite back up on my #boss game and my mental health has definitely taken a hit.
It’s during times like these that I have to force myself to look on the bright side to avoid spiraling into darkness.
Easier said than done, right?
Taking about mental health as it relates to work (or otherwise) is still somewhat of a stigma and I’m not sure why. I suppose that the pressure most of us feel to only show our best selves on social media factors in here somewhere.
And really, there’s nothing wrong with showing off your best self — but make sure it’s not just for everyone else’s benefit.
On that note — what if you could use the power of your best self to get out of a slump?
Here’s how I do it:
I document client wins, nice things that people have said about me (including public testimonials and private email exchanges), and cool features that I’ve been a part of as part of my own “brag book”.
Your brag book doesn’t have to be anything complicated to put together. In fact, my brag book is really just a Google Doc with a table of contents to organize these various pieces for easy skimming.
Sometimes I use my brag book when people ask me about my biggest wins and my mind blanks. But more often, I use it when I’m down on myself as an important reminder that I’ve worked hard to build my company and that my hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
What I’m trying to say is that there are many solid reasons to spend time collecting reminders that demonstrate why you’re awesome at what you do.
So consider this your call to action:
Indulge in a little self-care to end this work week and pore back over past efforts, positive client emails, and other initiatives that you were proud to be a part of. You may be surprised by what you unearth and how it makes you feel to remember your involvement in these things.
Then, the next time you’re feeling low, open up your brag book and bask in your awesomeness.
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith
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