By: Peter Carr EROAD Director, Regulatory Market Development ANZ
Sun, sand, sea. Christmas and New Year. Fun, family, relaxation? Kids home from school, bills, things to get done. Increased work tempo, to finish up before, or to cope with the demands of the season of giving. Fitting everything around the increase in ‘social’ engagements, both those you choose to attend because you enjoy them, and those you must attend for colleagues, clients or community.
Whatever your situation, Summer is coming. By the time you are reading this, it may even really be here. If you weren’t tired before, you will be soon!
Hopefully in a good way.
Arguably, one of the more satisfying feelings is getting to the end of a day, knowing you’ve achieved something and feeling the physical tiredness that comes from a day’s activity. This can be a morale boosting experience – especially when it’s recreational or jobs ‘for you’. That ‘tiredness’ is not fatigue. It will go away overnight with normal rest and you will start the next day feeling refreshed and ready.
However, if you’re still on the go, and you’ve not had the space to think about it at any other time, now’s a good time to think about managing your physical, mental and emotional energy. This is essential if you are to come out the other side feeling refreshed and ready to give another year your best.
But even if you haven’t been able to find that balance, that’s OK. It is what it is. The great thing is that even if we can’t change what happened, or even how we feel about it, we can choose how we act in response. Every new day is another chance to make a positive change.
Rest is good, but give yourself a break, too.
About the author
Peter Carr is the Director Regulatory Market Development with EROAD Ltd, responsible for working with government policy agencies and regulators across Australia and New Zealand on road safety, funding and taxation matters. Prior to joining EROAD, Peter was responsible for advising the New Zealand government on: the operation and performance of the land transport revenue, funding and investment systems; the rates of Road User Charges and Fuel Excise Duty; the use of tolling, debt and public-private partnerships; and the regulatory settings for heavy vehicle dimensions, mass, and access.