A number of self-care notes have found me. This is important work to enable us to present our very best self at home and at work. First, Paul LaLonde shared, The Ten Self-Care tips by Myra Briggs. My lesson within, "No" is a complete sentence.
Our own Melanie Peacock was quoted in this work related to Developing and Encourage Friendships:
"Developing meaningful and rich interpersonal relationships among colleagues will help people feel connected to one another and engaged in their work. Simply put, employees who know and like one another are more energized and motivated, and therefore less likely to burn out and depart the organization. In today’s litigious world, we are often afraid to address the relationship component of work and instead attend only to the operational aspects covered by policies and procedures. That’s a mistake. Organizations that are courageous enough to foster friendships in turn develop an environment that people want to join, remain in and promote to others." —Melanie Peacock, HR consultant/owner, Double M Training and Consulting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The stage is set with Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, an English professor at Belmont University in Tennessee, and a marvelously simple answer. Go back to the classics. She offers this Latin phrase for your consideration: Solvitur ambulando. Loosely translated, this means, “It is solved by walking,” and by “it” Whitehouse means practically anything. She goes on to argue that walking is a way to be more present, ease anxiety, spark creativity, increase productivity, and detox from digital overload.
Whitehouse is not alone in her contention that walking is the key to health, well-being, and creativity.
The simple closing by Livni, in the words of the poet Simon Armitage, “You never come back from a walk feeling worse.”
I am stepping away from this keyboard and heading out on a walk. Everyone needs some rest, re-charge, and re-set time, especially HR practitioners. You cannot pour from an empty pot.
Who else needs to hear this advice today?