HEADSPACE – You need it

I had a lengthy and rewarding  conversation with a Unit Commander this week about the challenges of leading a Unit in the every-changing NSW SES landscape post Organisational Transformation. On top of a full workload, running a Unit can sometimes like a full time job and then some at the moment.

In thinking about the conversation afterward, I reflected on the need to put yourself first sometimes, to take that extra moment before jumping in to make a decision or solve a problem. Not because there’s anything wrong with being decisive or a problem solver, but because the weight of being a Commander of a busy and bustling Unit can be heavy at times.

This week’s post is a recommendation rather than a learning moment. The Headspace App is one of the stress management techniques I use in my life to help me work toward that ever elusive work/life balance. I scoffed at the idea when I first heard about the app because breathing is pretty simple – it goes in and goes out. Done. But the Headspace App has really helped me regulate my breathing and following that, my stress levels. When I get worked up about something frustrating, I take a moment to realign my breath and that moment helps me break the cycle of anger or obstruction.

It’s free to join, you just need to sign up. I did all the free sessions first, and having had some of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in a long time, decided to upgrade to the subscription. The app is available through iTunes and is represented by an Orange Circle. I’d highly recommend you give Headspace App a go. Even if you try and decide it’s not for you, at least you’ll know you’ve got that breathe in an out thing down pat.


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