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Putting Care into Your Routine

Hey, Mindfuls! As we get back into the swing of the fall semester or whatever our routines may be in the cooler months, remember to include care in your schedules. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we tend to forget to make time for rest, breaks, and time away from work. As you craft your new schedules, include time for yourself to step away.

Reflect on the following quote from Maya Angelou’s book, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, “Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Reflective prompts:

  1. How can we live Maya Angelou’s quote in our daily lives? 
  2. What you didn’t like about your schedule pre-work from home orders, during, or afterwards? What needs to change for your current routine to fit your step/away or rest needs now?
  3. Are you scheduling in enough time for breaks in-between meetings and taking your lunch breaks? Do you have any vacation time scheduled soon?
  4. Does your work culture allow time for rest in your routine? How can you advocate for yourself and trusted colleagues if this routine is challenged?

Explore rest in your routines and remember to rest! 



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