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…

Life Transitions Big and Small — How to Support Yourself

Life transitions sound daunting and big. But they are actually happening more often than you think. And how you respond to them depends, in large part, on how you see them and how you define them for yourself. Whether they’re big or relatively small, these changes have an impact on your energy. They also have…

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…