Take a Break!

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This is my reminder to take time for yourself. No one can pour from an empty cup. Sometimes in this work we get SO caught up in all that needs to be done that we run the risk of burning ourselves out. Oprah Winfrey gives one of my MOST Favorite talks on the importance of self care at Stanford School of Business

“The ability to honor yourself and that which is greater than yourself…only through that do you have the ability to offer yourself to the rest of the world” ~Oprah Winfrey

Be sure to nurture yourself and take time to live your life. Allow yourself grace to fill each of the roles that you play mother/father/teacher/coach/leader/friend/daughter/sister/brother/son/uncle/aunt/etc. Each part of your life deserves your careful time and attention and that means deliberate balance. With busy schedules, I have compiled my top three habits for optimal self care no matter what. Use these three rules to be at the top of your game each day and keep the work you do in perspective.

  1. Exercise
    • Every podcast I listen to suggests that this is the way to begin a day (or end one) and that it will do wonders for your problem solving skills and overall mental capacity. The form you take can be whatever appeals to you yoga, running, a zumba class, or hiking. Whatever it is do it 4 times weekly for 30 minutes minimum to stave off the effects of disease on the brain. (TED TALK here on that because it is TRUE!!)
  2. Meditation
    • Call it prayer meditation quiet breathing or visualization, the point is that when you take time to quiet your mind and focus on a goal your stress levels decrease and you become aware of what you might not otherwise have paid attention to. (Mayo Clinic article here on benefits of meditation)
  3. Talk it out
    • Sometimes we just need to get a problem talked out so that we can let it go. A work place mentor is a great way to do that. Look for someone who has more experience and a similar background. They can help you to navigate the hurdles you face and get on the road to solving your problem. (See Inc article here on mentoring)

Remember to lead is to constantly learn, and while others may not tell you the truth I always will. This list is not exhaustive but it is a place to begin. You have to take care of you if you are ever going to be able to take care of anyone else. The work will ALWAYS be here. ~ Dr. Kia