I recently learned the term “Sleep Hygiene." It has nothing to do with brushing your teeth, or bathing, prior to going to bed at night, but rather the care you take to protect your sleep in a myriad of ways. The strictest of definitions is the habits and practices you form daily, to sleep well nightly.
Remember how our mothers use to chide us and say, "You should try to stop and smell the roses once in a while honey." Well, advances in technology have combined with advances in our stress!
Leaders already have a superhero complex. We already think that we can handle more than any other human being on earth. The holiday season REALLY brings out that particular personality trait in all of us. It takes real consideration and a BIG reality check to make sure the holidays do not leave you in the worst whirlwind of the year. Remember, you are not Batman (he had Robin to do his shopping, I am sure), or even Martha Stewart. It’s Martha’s JOB to make the rest of us look inept! You are a human being, with lots of daily responsibilities, to a lot of people. Work does not slow down this time of the year. Your responsibilities are the same at work, and your home life is amped up with even more responsibilities. How are you going to manage??
“Those with tenacity, dedication, and a strong sense of responsibility are subject to burnout.” -Bryan Sexton, Duke Patient Safety Center)
We are what we eat. The nutritionists and dietitians we all know and love have been right all along. They have never strayed from that message, and finally they are vindicated that the rest of us are listening.
We look forward to summer as a time when we can relax, unwind, and enjoy ourselves. As the song goes, “summertime and the living's easy.” So…how’s it going? Is your expectation of summer aligning with your lived experience? Or are you noticing that more than half of summer is gone, and you don’t know how that could have happened?
Just being outside, whether you’re gardening, exercising, or simply taking a stroll, is a great mood booster. But getting your hands dirty in the garden is so effective at combating depression, stress, and anxiety that it’s often used in “horticultural therapy” at psychiatric hospitals.