"Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." – Dave Berry
If you have to work this weekend …
We deeply apologize, but may the force be with you. If the crowds, craziness, and consumerism have your head spinning, here’s a little self care you can do on your next break.
Take a walk. If you’re not riding that East Coast cold front right now, we recommend going outside, taking in a little fresh air, and hitting reset before going back into work.
Listen to music. Put on your favorite track, and dance it out if you want to. Dopamine (the happy chemical) is released when listening to your favorite song. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal found that participants’ dopamine levels were up by 9% just from listening to music they enjoyed.
Journal. Take some time to write down your thoughts. Maybe it’s writing down three pages of your stream of consciousness or ten things you’re grateful for. Whatever the case may be, the act of manually writing down your thoughts, pen to paper can be extremely therapeutic and accessible from anywhere.
Try a mini meditation. We recommend a 10-minute one from our very own coach Julia. Text “WORKMIND” to 44-222 to receive yours.
Unplug. Instead of checking your email or responding to texts on your break, just unplug and take time to breathe in and out. If you don’t want to unplug, you can “mute” or delete anyone on your social media feed that’s bringing you down. Blocked and deleted. Thank you, next.
Inhale an upbeat scent. If you do work in retail today, try finding some peppermint to sniff. If you work in an office, someone might have essential oils (they’re all the rage). Peppermint boosts your mood and suppresses food cravings.
Think about what you’re good at. Find a way to work that in today. Using your strengths daily helps boost happiness and lower depression.
Get positive feedback. Find a friend or two (or maybe even three) to tell you what they love about you. If that feels strange to you, tell yourself what you love about you as if you’re your own best friend.
Try one of these quick and easy yoga sequences from our very own yoga expert MaryJoanna.
Choose something that you usually do on autopilot and pay complete attention to it. Do it as if you’re doing it for the very first time. Sometimes the act of simply being mindful and deliberate is all it takes to center and focus yourself.
If you’re out braving the stores this weekend…
Go you. Donate 10% of what you were going to spend on Black Friday sales to your favorite cause. Here are some of our favorites.
Feeding America. One dollar is equivalent to ten meals.
Dress for Success. If you’re revamping your work wardrobe this weekend, consider donating your old clothes to Dress for Success which gives women, who cannot afford clothing, professional attire to begin their careers with.
California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. If you want to help those in California affected by the wildfires, you can donate to one of the wildfire relief funds. There are a few to choose from, but this one helps rebuild homes, provides financial and mental health assistance, and helps those affected get medical treatment.
American Red Cross. Choose how you help, whether that be disaster relief, the California wildfires, or your local Red Cross.
WE Charity. They help to create sustainable change to lift communities out of poverty. They’ve received the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal for their efforts.
If you have any charities that we should know about and add to the list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!