Saturday, March 5, 2016

Yoga, Pedicure, & An Evening with the Girls = Self Care in Changing Times

For me it is particularly critical to practice self-care during periods of change and uncertainty, which if we are all honest is ever present.  However, since July of 2015 when I read on the Internet that my employer had been sold to a rival insurer, the rollercoaster has delivered many more valleys than peaks in my humble opinion.

I have a job for which I am grateful. Not everybody’s name was penciled in on the org chart. But transition is stressful even when changes are positive. Uncertainty causes apathy, frustration, distraction, introspection, and sadness. Many friends are retiring or moving to other companies.

To keep my attitude focused on the positive facets of the transition at work and the blessings associated with my personal life, I log off my computer at a reasonable time during the week, avoid work related communications over the weekend, and celebrate the joys of life.

My tools for self-care include:

v Gentle yoga 3 – 4 evenings per week;
v An occasional evening after yoga with girlfriends;
v A pedicure every 3-4 weeks;
v Taking an afternoon off work to enjoy lunch at Panera Bread with my Kindle;
v A Sunday afternoon of wine tasting in the Virginia countryside;
v A Saturday morning on the screened in porch with a cup of coffee, a book and the cats;
v 30minutes of Candy Crush or Solitaire;
v My date with Jeopardy!
v Gardening;

v A day in the darkroom;
v A visit to the shooting range;
v Sitting on the deck in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine just being;
v Investigating a new recipe;
v Diffusing essential oils into my office;
v Watching my husband’s delight cooking in our renovated kitchen;
v Talking to my parents on the phone about zany inconsequential things;
v Sitting on the porch on a warm evening smelling & listening to the rain.

What do you do to practice self-care? Please share.

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