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Your Oh-So-Important (yet often forgotten) Self-Care

This post was written by Angela
on August 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

It’s always good to have goals and striving for your dreams makes you a better person. Right? So where do you draw the line and recognize when you’re maybe pushing things a little too far?  I am a busy-body, perfectionist, and sometimes work-aholic, so this is all something I’ve had practice with and failed at many times. When 3:00 rolls around and I haven’t eaten lunch or even moved from my computer in six hours, I know I need to start making some changes.

What can I say? When I’m doing things I love or am immersed in a long to-do list I sometimes forget to extend that love to myself. Since I’m sure I’m not alone in this area, I wanted to share some of the wisdom I have been taking in from Beliefnet through their 12 Yoga Poses for Your Workday and 5 Ways to Unwind After Work. Both are great reminders that I can immerse myself in my work, but to do my best I also need to practice self care.

My favorites?
For the workday: At a previous job a coworker always called “2:00 stretch break”. She’d come to my office or I’d go to her and we would chat for a few minutes while we stretched. It became a highlight for my afternoon that gradually has fallen away. To get back into it, two-for-one upper back and hip stretch is my favorite option, since these are my main stress areas and I absolutely melt in this pose. Also, if you’re in a rush you can hit two birds with one stone and get back to it!
Once I hit home: Change your clothes when you get home. I don’t know what it is about this point. I’m comfortable and fine during the workday, but as soon as I get home I’m stripping off jewelry that suddenly feels weighty and just need to get out of clothese that are now making me claustrophobic. Plus, what’s better than slipping into your jammies and slippers IMMEDIATLY after getting home? Sometimes it’s just necessary. :0)

What are your favorites points? What other things do you do to keep from burning yourself out?

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