Your Perfect Day — What It Looks Like and How to Give It to Yourself

What does a perfect day look like for you?  This isn’t about perfectionism, but about what makes your heart sing. So, have you thought about it?  Would you recognize a perfect day if you stumbled on one? Sometimes we get so caught up in our busy lives that we lose sight of what we most…

A Warm Bath and Work — How to Fit It All In and Thrive

A warm bath and time management? Really? When you’re managing competing needs and competing priorities, how do you make time for self-care? We face hard choices every day in our busy lives.  A reader raised one aspect of this challenge in an email the other day. And I was especially interested in the way that…

Don’t Know What You Need? Here’s How Listening Helps

When you know what you need, it’s a lot easier to give it to yourself. And, as you’re probably well aware by now, being productive starts with taking care of yourself.  And taking care of yourself starts with having a clear idea of what you need. So start here: Knowing what you need begins with…

Coping with Clutter — How to Become the Boss

Coping with clutter, whether it’s in your space, your time, or in your mind is one of the biggest challenges that we face in this day and age.  During this time, many people are at home more. Perhaps you are working from home and your kids are also at home because their schools are working…

How to Move Forward by Creating a Personal Retreat

Creating a personal retreat is a profound act of self-care. It is also a powerful investment in your energy, efficiency, and effectiveness. Too many of us were raised to equate self-care with self-indulgence. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many are learning, during this time of COVID, that deep reservoirs of resilience and energy…

Your Exercise Routine: How to Thrive Through Upheavals

Your exercise routine is a key element in your self-care. And when life gets disrupted, as it has been over recent months, staying on track with any routine is a challenge. Indeed, self-care is often the thing that falls to the bottom of your to-do list when you’re stressed or your plans get upended.  Am…

A Walk Around the Lake is a Gift that Keeps Giving

What do I mean when I write about taking a walk around the lake? The phrase comes from one of my favorite quotations about the fundamental value of self-care. For me, it highlights the simplicity and accessibility of any act of self-care. And it also underscores its importance. The poet Wallace Stevens wrote: Perhaps the…