When was the last time you invested time in self-care? I don’t mean a day at the spa or getting a massage, although both of those qualify as self-care. I’m talking about reading a book, running errands that you’ve neglected, getting some exercise, visiting a friend, drinking enough water, or getting the right amount of sleep. Taking care of yourself isn’t just about pampering. It’s about consistently addressing your personal needs to keep you running at full capacity.
Each week, I try to prioritize errands into my schedule so I’m not leaving a lot of things undone. I have recurring reminders for reading, journaling, calling a family member, and exercising because I want to keep them visible every day of the week. I don’t always do all of these things. But I accomplish them more than I used to because I make them a priority. Self-care is about taking little actions every day to keep yourself fueled for the responsibilities you manage and the support you provide to others.
I’ve enjoyed almost 10 days of rest, relaxation, and refreshing new sights and sounds in my travels through Australia and New Zealand. And I’m reminded once again how important it is to take time off from work. I’ve been able to read, get some extra sleep, eat healthy meals, visit with friends, connect with colleagues, and enjoy time off of my computer, away from my desk, without a set schedule. It has been delightful in every way!
I’m always excited to take the stage for a speaking engagement. This week, though, that energy is at an all-time high as I prepare to speak tomorrow at the inaugural Executive Secretary LIVE conference in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to rest, relax, refresh, and recharge my mind, body, and spirit in the days leading up to this event!
This week, we’re explaining more about self-care, and why it’s so important to you personally and professionally. If you aren’t sure what self-care is or why it should be a priority, this week’s feature article will help. It offers a list of ideas to help you get started on the path to self-care, as well as a simple self-care challenge. It’s super easy, and it helped me make self-care a regular part of my daily routine several years ago. We’re also sharing more tips and posts on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
You’re not much good to someone else – be it an executive, colleague, family member, or friend – if you’re not good to yourself. So this week, I encourage you to take some time for you. I’ve been doing it, and I’m here to tell you that it feels absolutely amazing!
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