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.
Karen is currently writing a book about how the power of connection can transform leaders into catalysts, groups into teams, and businesses into places where people lean in to courage, clarity, and compassion.
During this time of sanitizing wipes, hands made raw from washing, and lighting many a candle, let’s take a page out of the playbook of a global team our firm has worked with for many a moon. Their success is built on a myriad of strengths which include the ability to navigate chaos with courage and wisdom, using it as a catalyst for transformation.