"Massage for Kate- paid for" popped up on my calendar last week. I felt a wave of euphoria and gratitude come over me! Then a little bit of, "Do I have time? Should we be spending the money?"
But now, finally, in my mid-life, I get it. It is wellness and self preservation. It is also how we enjoy our short time on this earth. I fully appreciate the younger folks who have come along with this life balance thing already figured out.
Here are some ideas for you and that you can share with your teams:
Ø Take midday outdoor breaks - enjoy the sunlight. Dress for the weather and get outside!
Ø Work with a life or business coach and/or a therapist - talking helps, keeps you clear-headed and can help you be accountable to your goals.
Ø Keep a list of work successes (stuff is hard -- celebrate what went well!).
Ø Yoga at Your Desk (or anywhere); stretch and let your body feel good.
Ø Keep a daily routine and then break it on a weekend day so the day feels extra special.
Ø Have a dance party on your own, with family, or on Zoom with others; make a playlist you like to jam with and share it.
Ø Go for a drive. Enjoy the air and sites. Jam out to your favorite music. (I had Roberta Flack on repeat last Sunday on my drive)
Ø Forgive yourself. This is such an important one and the hardest on this list. This means different things to different people. Start working on this.
Ø Get a massage (with a therapist who is taking serious COVID precautions).
Ø Take a nap or just sit/lay and rest.
Ø Eat healthy, but don't beat yourself up about it. So what --you ate takeout 5xs this week, try cooking at home next week.
Ø Move your body. Try Fitness Blender to try new exercises at home.
Ø Work on a jigsaw puzzles to use your brain differently and let your thoughts roam, like meditation. (I’ve been kind of obsessed. Pro tip: Dollar Tree)
Ø Learn something new - a craft, a new language (try Duolingo), a winter sport
Ø Avoid too much news watching/reading- no need to buy into the 24-hour news cycle as it is repetitive and not good for you.
Ø Put down your phone; turn off your email/texts. It can wait.
Please take care of you. You deserve it and we need you!