Take Care Of Yourself
Brenda Hamm | April 26, 2022
1) Take vacations.
Schedule time off and time away from work. If you have two weeks for spring break, use at least one of them for time away from work and make sure your senior administrators do the same. I knew an administrator who always had a plane ticket for the next vacation they were taking, even if it was months in advance.
3) Take a stroll outside during the day.
Even 15 minutes of outdoor time can be restorative, particularly when accompanied by a bit of exercise like walking. It is easy to get trapped inside the building all day, every day when, in fact, there is no rule keeping you in there. And leave your cell phone in your office. Tell your assistant or front desk host where you are going and for how long. That way in the highly unlikely event there is an emergency that you must immediately attend to in the 15 minutes you are without your cell phone, you can easily be found.
4) Host a walking meeting.
When the opportunity emerges, invite the person with whom you need to chat to have a walk and talk meeting. Outside, in the field house, or on a nearby track are great options for walking and talking without interruption and without worrying about footing.
5) Indulge in a hobby.
Do you like to cook, read mystery novels, garden, play fantasy football, or fix bikes? Whatever brings you enjoyment that is not work, do it. And talk to others about it. Sharing your outside interests with work colleagues both humanizes you and spurs them to consider moving their own hobbies to the front burner if they’re not already there.
Yoga, bike riding, cross country skiing, basketball, jogging, pickleball, or anything that gets your body moving is good! Exercise can improve mood and make you healthier overall. Using a stand-up desk now and again throughout the day and adding stand-up desks to offices for your senior administrators can boost overall health and energy levels.
And yes, you can meditate. Two hours may not be your thing but the good news is that frequency and consistency can make 10 minutes of mindful stillness be quite beneficial. There are even meditation apps, like the ones you can find at https://www.headspace.com/meditation/daily-meditation, that you can download to your phone and be guided through a brief meditation right in the comfort of your own office, whether it’s before or after that 7:30 parent meeting.
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