Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us once again. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. My turkey collection makes its annual appearance, and a lot of family traditions are refreshed. This Thanksgiving will be especially exciting for our family because my youngest sister is expecting her second child that weekend. And it has given us all something positive to look forward to as we continue to grieve the loss of my mom earlier this summer.
Yet as exciting and fun as the holidays can be, it can also be a stressful time of anticipation, preparation, and obligation!
That’s why self-care must be part of your annual holiday planning. While it’s a season of being thankful, giving, and sharing time with loved ones, it’s also important to take care of yourself – both in and out of the office. Self-care isn’t just about pampering – although it certainly can be. Self-care is about taking care of your personal needs, identifying what’s creating stress for you, and taking daily action to address those things. For example, it may mean running to the bank or dry cleaners on your way home from work. It could mean stopping for a lunch break and going outside to take a walk. It could also mean a massage and pedicure. (Who can resist that?) The point is that you’re taking action daily to take care of yourself in addition to those you love and support.
This week, we are highlighting why self-care is especially important this time of year on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. I’m also sharing several tips in the feature article for how to create a strategy for taking better care of yourself this holiday season. I’d also love to hear what you do to make self-care a priority. You can email me here.
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P.S. If you’re in need of some self-care 101, be sure to check out “Taking Care of the Office’s Most Valuable Asset: YOU!” in our training on demand library here!