As you prepare for a day of gratitude and delicious food with friends and family, remember to practice some self-care. Not only will this help you get through dinner with crazy uncle Jack and the sister you aren’t speaking to but it will also improve your collaboration skills.
Self-care makes you a better collaborator because you have better ideas, stronger communication and more productive conflict.
1. Better ideas. Self-care changes your focus. When you relax, your mind is more open to creative ways of thinking. This change in focus helps you see connections you would not have made with a more narrow focus. Because of this, if you do something that makes you feel good, you are more likely to have innovative ideas.
2. Stronger communication. The relaxation you get from self-care gives you clarity. With this clarity you can clearly articulate your great new ideas to your team. When you are relaxed you are also able to listen more effectively.
3. More productive conflict. After self-care you are less likely to get into silly fights. When you do get into necessary conflict, being relaxed helps keep your blood flowing to the thinking parts of your brain instead of moving into the fight/flight response.
If you want to do yourself, your loved ones, and your team a favor during the holidays, schedule some good self-care. Go for a hike, curl up in bed with a book, go dancing, get a massage, or take a yoga class.
If you are in Portland, Oregon, I would love to have you join me for a fun way to de-stress and connect with others. On Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm we will have an evening of doing things that feel good and are good for you. This will include gentle yoga and basic movement practices (no experience required – this is meant to de-stress and relax you).
Whatever you decide to do for your self-care, Happy Thanksgiving!