Happy November, everyone! Summer is officially over and Fall is in full bloom. The trees are changing color and school is in session. For some, this is a time to take a breath and work a little personal time into your schedule. For others, any personal time you might have had has been overcome with juggling the extra-curricular activities of students with your already busy work schedule. Studies indicate that taking a few minutes each week to work out or review a schedule can help reduce stress. They also indicate that you should write down or block out some personal time on your calendar each week and then actually take the time for yourself. You need to consider your time as a priority! Some people think they will find a little time for themselves and at the end of the week they are exhausted and realize they have done nothing for themselves. Every moment of the week was spent taking care of everyone else’s business or doing the chores that keep a household running (shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.) If you don’t block the time on your calendar for yourself, other things will fill it! Remember that you and your health is a priority too and just do it! Read a little, soak in the tub a little, and watch your favorite TV show, or do something creative with your time.
This month is also marked by a major U.S. Holiday – Thanksgiving! It is traditionally a time for gathering with family and enjoying a meal in a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere. It is a time to give thanks for this wonderful country we live in and celebrate the end of Summer and the bountiful harvests that we have reaped. It is normally marked by a meal, football, parades and shopping.
At this time, I would ask that you set aside a little extra for those who are not as fortunate as yourself. If you are really interested in helping, consider volunteering at a homeless shelter for a day, a soup kitchen or even a nursing home. Just be friendly and take a little time to listen to them – many are starved for companionship and a little human kindness more than they are hungry. If that level of involvement makes you uncomfortable, but you still want to do something to help, most grocery stores start donation bins that allow customers to buy an extra can or two of food or something else of value an drop it in. Make it a point to drop something in the bin every time you shop or at least twice a month. Local radio stations may be collecting donations as well. Be thankful that you can help!
I just wanted to tell all my family; friends; current and former colleagues; current, former and future clients; and anyone else reading this blog – Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you all the most wonderful of experiences, good health, and a sense of wellbeing and joy!