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Self Care for the Holidays
Can you build a snowman without snow? Can you pour from an empty cup? What happens
if you don't take care of yourself?
Do you want to build a snowman? Wait, we don’t even have snow yet (maybe none at
all this winter!). How can we build a snowman?
We pour from our energy cup all day to people at work, our family, our friends, our
faith community, and even people we don’t really like. What happens when we don’t
have anything left in our cup to give to ourselves? Drinking yet another cup of coffee
or mountain soda isn’t going to help in the long run.
Taking the time to fill your cup is called “Self-Care.” And no, it isn’t just taking
a hot bath, hiding out in the pantry eating Christmas cookies, or playing a video
game. Self care can be just taking care of yourself.
Kristin Souer’s model of the “Top Four Components of Self-Care” includes:
Dr. Brittney Schrick (Assistant Professor-Family Life Specialist with UAEX) recommends:
In this day and age, we try to keep going, going, going, and then go some more. We
check email constantly, we eat on the run or at our desk, we work late, and we even
fail to use up all our leave! No wonder we live on coffee! Caring for ourselves
can also help with our productivity. Do you work smarter or harder? You can put in
the hours, but are you being productive during those hours?
Tony Schwartz wrote a very interesting article in the New York Times (link below) called, “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive.” He highlights research
about productivity, our job performance, and our health. Sleep can be big step in
your performance – either on the court or at your desk. Even naps can have a positive
effect on performance. Rest, in the form of sleep or vacations, can help you take
care of yourself while making an impact on your health and your work.
Take care of yourself this holiday season by spending time with those you care about,
not overbooking, taking time to exercise, getting enough sleep, and moderating how
much your enjoy the parties.
Fill your cup with self care
NYT - Relax you'll be more productive
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