Everyone, everywhere, in every industry, is really starting to feel the crunch of understaffing combined with returning consumption. As the COVID situation improves and restrictions lift, we’re trying to make up for lost time. We have more to do with fewer people to do it all. And the days just stubbornly won’t get any longer, no matter how many times we ask. So, how do you prioritize your ever-growing task list when everything seems like a priority?
The fast-paced, interconnected world in which we have all been living for the last decade or so prides itself on its focus on productivity. From improved worker training to digitalization, businesses will do anything to increase productivity and improve the bottom line. But what we don’t realize is that all of this focus on worker productivity actually pushes them to make decisions and form habits that directly compete with their ability to be productive.
From female scientists to Black super heroes to Middle Eastern protagonists, we all need to see ourselves represented in the world around us. If we don’t, it can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness in the persons not represented, and apathy and even sometimes animosity in the larger community.
But the need to see ourselves expressed doesn’t stop with our entertainment, which comprises only a small part of our experience of the world. We need to see ourselves represented, and embraced, in our daily lives as well, in the restaurants, art, and music around us.
Self-care is a trendy term that has been bouncing all around lately, but actually spotting the real thing is fairly rare. True self-care is more than just an extra treat on a hard day or binge-watching your favorite show on the weekend.
Self-care is a practice – an organized, deliberate set of actions designed to keep you mentally healthy and to stave off destructive and perilous burnout. It takes discipline and dedication.