When it comes to online coaching, therapy, and healing, it can be easy for professionals to become overwhelmed by the pressures of productivity and urgency. In fact, this feeling is so common that it’s been dubbed “Urgency Syndrome.” It’s characterized by a feeling of being constantly on edge and rushing around as if something needs to be done immediately.
However, this sense of urgency is often a response to external pressure or artificial deadlines rather than true emergencies. It can be a symptom of systemic issues that include burnout and overwork – conditions that are becoming increasingly commonplace due to our ever-connected lives.
If you’re an online coach, therapist, or healer who struggles with Urgency Syndrome, here are some strategies you can use to cope:
1. Practice Mindfulness – Mindfulness exercises such as meditation and breathing techniques help to keep us grounded in the present moment amid the flurry of activity we often find ourselves in. Taking regular breaks throughout the day to sit quietly or take a walk outside can help us feel more relaxed and calm our mind from racing thoughts.
2. Prioritize Self-Care – Too often we neglect our own needs when trying to meet unrealistic expectations. Make sure you’re taking time for yourself each day – even if it’s just 15 minutes for a cup of tea or a walk around the block – to recharge your batteries so that you have the energy necessary for work tasks ahead.
3. Set Realistic Expectations – It may seem counterintuitive when we’re trying to get things done quickly, but setting realistic expectations can actually speed up progress in the long run because it helps us plan ahead more effectively while avoiding unnecessary stress and burnout along the way. An important part of realistic expectations is noticing and naming that urgency is manufactured by capitalism- most of the time it’s not rooted in reality.
4. Connect with Others Who Share Your Values – Last but not least, make sure you have people in your life who understand what you do and support you along your career path. This could be friends who are also healers or therapists, mentors who have paved the way before you, or peers who share similar challenges and experiences with their work/life balance as yours.
Ultimately, the key to managing Urgency Syndrome is to recognize when it’s time to slow down and give ourselves some much-needed self-care. Taking a few moments of pause throughout the day can make all the difference in our productivity and well-being long-term.
You live in a body, and that body requires regulation to function. If you struggle with realizing that you’re running on urgency, somatic coaching can help you tune into your body, recognize your needs and make important changes in your life.
Bonus Tip: Celebrate Your Accomplishments – Don’t forget to reward yourself for all of the hard work you’ve done! Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. This could include taking a break from work and doing something fun. It will help you stay motivated and energized while continuing to do your best work. A little joy goes a long way!