“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. “ – Christopher Germer
No matter where you are in life, it’s likely that now and then it’s all too much. Too many responsibilities and a never-ending list of things to do. We’ve perfected the multi-tasking, do-it-all skills to pack each day full of doing.
Does it feel like you never have a moment to just breathe and be?
There’s nothing wrong with being busy or tackling projects big and small. Many of us love taking care of our families and the work we do, and we’re invested in being a part of our communities. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
What happens when things are out of balance?
My cup runneth over. That image is one of an abundance of blessings. It reminds me that to share with others; to use our skills and talents and abilities as a mom, a business person, a wife, a member of our community, we require capacity.
Our cup has to be full to be shared.
My approach to self-care comes from this place of service. Taking care of our personal resources first so that they can be effective in our daily lives. It’s so much more than a spa day or a girl’s night out.
Self-care is a form of personal stewardship.
Leaders in business and other organizations realize that a culture of self-care promotes better collaboration, productivity and overall performance. Self-care is a preventive strategy that promotes actions and behavior to improve, restore and maintain good health.
I want to make it easy to begin incorporating self-care into your day, your workplace and your life.
Each week, I’ll share a Self-Care Sunday tip. You can do it for yourself, and share it with your team. Let others know it’s not just okay but it’s expected that they make their own health and well-being a priority.
When you can lead by example, the effectiveness will create momentum in your family, friends and work associates.