Dr. Rita's Blog
As women, we are notorious for taking care of everyone else before we take care of ourselves.
Holidays and winter will be here before we know it.
Given the unending crises and stresses of 2020, this year especially, you've got to take good care of yourself.
For those of you who may be hesitating, you have full permission to put yourself first!
If putting yourself first feels like too big of a stretch, at least put yourself near the top.
This is the year to give yourself permission to let some things drop.
Your health and well-being are way more important than getting through your to-do list.
My dear friend and colleague Sue Hawks at YESS! Recently sent out a list of self-care activities and how they relate to the science of the chemicals our body needs especially with the upcoming darkness of winter.
With her permission I’ll share them here.
There’s a science to giving your body the chemicals it needs during the darkness of winter and the isolation of a pandemic.
Try some of these simple practices to combat the challenges of the season ahead and experience more happiness and well-being.
To feel rewarded (giving yourself a shot of dopamine-- don’t get on any device---you can get a dopamine hit that way, but you also can increase your stress—don’t do it!)
To feel love (giving yourself a shot of oxytocin)
To stabilize your mood (giving yourself a shot of serotonin)
To strop pain (giving yourself a shot of endorphins)
If you prefer video you can see and hear Sue Hawks (and watch this corresponding video for more information)
Keep this list handy. It can help you figure out which chemical your body needs more of at any given time.
Remember I am here to support you in your leadership endeavors and in taking the best possible care of you as you can.
Reach out at any time!
Until next time,
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