It’s a week before Thanksgiving, and many of us are already stressed out just thinking about getting everything ready. We’re supposed to focus on what we’re grateful for, right? But with an already-busy schedule, we often find it hard to pencil in the time to get things organized for the big meal. As exciting as it might be, the preparations can be overwhelming. And the worst part? We might even forget to take care of ourselves. We forgo eating healthily, exercising, and sleeping enough. When we finally sit down to the Thanksgiving meal, we often feel spent, eyeing that glass (or full bottle) of wine to just wind down and enjoy the company.
Well, there’s a solution. It might seem obvious, but only in theory. What’s the secret?
Take care of you. And specifically, do something special for you.
What? When there’s so much to do? How can I take a break?
Yes, do something special for yourself.
We will explain. It’s like this—repeat this mantra: I am more effective when I take time for myself.
Have you heard of Arianna Huffington? She’s the founder of the Huffington Post, one of the fastest-growing media portals in the world. Last year she published a book entitled Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. In this book, Ms. Huffington details how our culture’s drive for success can backfire when all we do is work, work, work, neglecting to take care of our bodies, minds, and spirits. By focusing only on production, we lose sight of ourselves. This leads to more doctors’ visits, ultimately decreasing production – get the irony here?
Self-care should be made habit – you’ve heard it all before: Get regular exercise; limit processed food products in favor of whole foods; aspire to at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
And on a regular basis, schedule the massage, the facial, or both. It’s not just that you deserve it for all of your hard work – it’s that you need it to rejuvenate in order to accomplish tasks without feeling overwhelmed. In fact, we use the term spa “treatment” – not spa “treat.” A treatment is something that heals you, whereas a treat is something extra.
So, when planning for Thanksgiving, make sure to incorporate self-care in your schedule – consider it a Thanksgiving treatment as opposed to a Thanksgiving treat. For that, you’ll certainly be grateful, and those around you will also be thankful that you feel great about you.