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…

How to Prepare for Change and Thrive Every Day

When you prepare for change it isn’t as jarring as when it just arrives out of the blue and knocks you off-course. And yet, even when you prepare for change, unexpected events can still momentarily throw you. And these days, unexpected changes seem to pop up with unnerving frequency. Still, you’ll be able to respond…

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…

Does Your Environment Nurture and Sustain You? If Not, Let’s Fix That.

Your environment has a profound impact on your energy. And yet, if you’re like many people, your awareness of your surroundings is sometimes spotty. So, today I want to look at some quick ways to give your self-care a big boost. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time. And it certainly doesn’t need…

Take a Breath — You’ll Get More Done — Really

Take a breath? Are you kidding? I’m too busy. How often have you felt that way? It’s true that finding time to take a breath is one of the hardest things for busy and productive people to do.  But those all-important, refreshing breaks are vital, not just to your well-being but also to your productivity.…

Make Time for Yourself to Make the Most of Each Day

When you make time for yourself you are putting yourself in a position to make the most of the 24 hours that you have each day. Truly, it’s that simple. You give yourself a gift and a powerful base when you build in some replenishing and rejuvenating time at least once a day. And while…