I’m feeling the pressure. Despite my plans and good effort, it’s late December, and my to-do list is missing more than a few happy check marks:
- Get a gift for the holiday exchange
- Pick a recipe and make a dish for the holiday pot luck
- Ship presents to my niece and nephews out west
There is much to be done, and we are literally losing daylight!
Last night as I drove home with headlights on, I faced a decision: The gym or the to-do list. I’m happy to report (achy arms and all) that I went to the gym. Why?
A few weeks ago a co-worker shared some great resources on “Self-Care”. These included articles such as Decelerate to Accelerate (“the fastest way forward may be to slow down”) in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and a blog by Caroline Jordan on Myths of Self Care: How to be Nicer to Yourself Starting Now.
The timing of these important messages could not have been better. Last week cheerful laughter erupted in a team meeting as we browsed Caroline Jordan’s “100 Ways to Love Yourself”. We talked about how we can care for ourselves so we can be better on the job, at home, and beyond.
I chose the gym last night knowing that part of self-care, for me, is making time to be active. This can be a walk with a friend, a run on a trail, or a workout at the gym. It helps me clear and energize my mind, body, and spirit.
What about the to-do list? I’m working my way through it – And I’m doing so with a more energy and enjoyment. That is the beauty of self-care. Feeling better allows you to be better for you and everyone around you.
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