Yesterday was my last day with an organization I’ve worked at for 15 years. I left one fantastic organization and will be joining an equally wonderful one on August 6 (more on all of that in a future post). The two-week break between assignments in intentional. I need some time to relax and decompress in order to be at my best when I begin my new professional journey. Counting weekends, I have 16 days off. I haven’t had two consecutive weeks of vacation in 22 years.
So today, I’m kicking off what I call 16 Days of Self-Care. I have no idea what this is going to look like. All I know is I’m going to spend at least a few minutes each day doing something that relaxes my muscles (I have to remind myself to take time to stretch), relaxes my mind, or relaxes my spirit (I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and have been cheating myself out of a daily meditation practice).
In order to keep myself accountable, I’m going to send a daily Tweet that briefly explains what I did that day. My Twitter handle is @Pamojamo if you want to follow. I’ll bundle a couple of days’ worth of self-care notes and post them here.
I’d love your suggestions. What do you do to renew your mind, body and spirit? Leave me the 411 in the comments section.
My hope is that by the end of 16 days, carving out a little time for self-care becomes a daily habit. I don’t want this to be something I do only when on vacation.