Recently, many of my conversations with my clients have focused on radical self-care. I am not talking about bubble baths and indulging in travel and dinners. Sure, it is important to treat ourselves to things we enjoy and yet self-care is so much more than eating expensive chocolates. I was reminded of this months ago when a team member of my firm’s told me she was not able to respond to my 3 PM text because she was having her “me” time. She used as a weapon how I spoke about self-care. I reminded her that self-care was ultimately about living well which includes not negating responsibilities and being mindful of our impact on others.
Yet, in our look-at-me-isn’t-my-life-wonderful social-media world, we are led to believe that self-indulgence is where it is at. Whether I am talking to the teens who fill our home or talking to C-level executives, self-care is a radical, revolutionary act that we can give ourselves and role-model for those entrusted to our care.
Radical self-care can change our worlds and demonstrate connected leadership, even during this season of over-the-top-commercialism. Radical self-care involves:
The practice of radical self-care is a continual journey and what better time to start it or to renew commitment to it than now. It will outshine even the sparkliest gift under the tree.