So, you’re at the office (finally!) and a million emails have rudely generated in your inbox. You start shooting off responses only to reply to the ones that come back seconds later!

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us, and you’re likely juggling the pressures of ending 2020 with a strong finish, right?

There is still so much to be done before the holiday festivities begin and although you have already planned your holiday season with no elf on the shelf, no daily craft, no endless baking and no running around to every event; it is literally sleep, wake up, work, repeat. We get it, you're only one step away from your desk when nature calls or when your stomach yells for food! With a schedule already jam-packed with to-do lists and deadlines, seriously, who has time for self-care?

Here’s the deal though: An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly. We’re all unique and self-care could look a little different from what we typically think of. Maybe for you laughing at memes for an hour does the trick. Something that might seem “offbeat” to others could be the “Oh, I feel better now” for you.

We have a few quirky ideas to add to your self-care toolbox:

  • Read something fictional. Take an afternoon break from your workflow and escape into another world. Reading fiction will stimulate the right side of your brain, sparking creative thought.
  • Scratch a “lurker” off your to-do list that’s always at the back of your mind and you never do.
  • Listen to a podcast. Get a bit of fresh air and stimulate your brain by simply listening to a podcast. Do yourself a favour and listen to something non-business related.
  • Goof around with your kids. It’s like taking that deep, refreshing breath of fresh air after a workout, but only better.
  • Get 15 minutes of the morning sun.
  • Talk to your friends or family. They are your biggest supporters. Even if your day is hectic, call to say “hi” to Mom or your best friend. This will remind you that there are other important things besides work.
  • Inhale an upbeat smell.g. peppermint suppresses food cravings and boosts motivation.
  • Self-soothe. Stroke your own arm, or if that feels weird, moisturize.
  • Get to know yourself intimately. Look lovingly and without judgement at yourself naked.
  • Create an achievement folder. Record your proudest moments to reflect on when you’re in a funk or feeling overwhelmed.
  • Repeat kind words to yourself. Say: “It’s okay, you’ve got this” or “I forgive you.”

With all the stressful dynamics and so much going on, a short daily escape will do wonders for your stress levels and productivity during any time of the year.

So, whether it’s first thing in the morning, during a midday break, or part of an end-of-day ritual; pencil yourself in and do more of the things that keep you grounded.

Source: success.com, messymotherhood.com, psychologytoday.com, imom.com, themighty.com, livepurposefullynow.com, tinybuddha.com, jodiearnot.com, inc.com, lonerwolf.com

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