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  • Writer's pictureEvalee Fenty-Marseil

Updated: Jan 16

Unwrapping Personal Joy: Navigating the Holidays with Self-Care and Serenity 

The holiday season is upon us, and amidst the hustle and bustle of festive preparations, it's crucial to remember the importance of self-care. As we deck the halls and exchange gifts, let's not forget to gift ourselves the precious moments of relaxation and rejuvenation. It's crucial to remember the importance of self-care. As we extend kindness to others, let's also extend it to ourselves, finding solace in the quiet moments and embracing the opportunity to recharge. This season serves as a timely reminder that self-care is not only a personal gift but a cornerstone in creating a resilient network of support, fostering a deeper sense of connection and well-being for ourselves and those around us.

Creating Calm in the Chaos:

How can we achieve  calm in the midst of chaos? 

The holidays often bring a whirlwind of activities, stressing over budgets, running out of time to meet goals, family/friend dynamics (relationships), shopping for the perfect gifts, and attending festive gatherings. Amidst the chaos, finding moments of calm becomes essential. Whether it's sipping a cup of warm tea by the fireplace/ on our porch/ in quiet room or taking a quiet stroll through a winter wonderland. The point is, intentionally carving out time for tranquility can be the perfect antidote to holiday stress.

Mindful Moments:

In the midst of the holiday rush, practicing mindfulness can be a game-changer. Take a few moments each day to breathe deeply, appreciating the present moment. Whether it's the aroma of freshly baked cookies, painting, completing a puzzle, a calm provided by a low lit candle, a warm bath reading a book, writing and sending out Christmas cards, or the twinkle of rounding the neighborhood observing holiday lights, savoring these small joys can have a profound impact on your well-being.

Communication and Delegation in Our Workplace during the holiday season

During the holiday season in a dynamic workplace, communication isn't a one-way street; it's a vibrant exchange. We embrace the belief that cultivating an environment where employees feel at ease expressing their needs is vital for a flourishing company culture. Do team members actively participate in open conversations? articulating both their holiday-related requirements and concerns. At the same time, are leadership recognizing the importance of efficient delegation, ensuring that the festive workload is distributed effectively and everyone can contribute to creating a joyful and productive holiday atmosphere. Encourage a collaborative atmosphere where bosses not only lead but also listen, delegating responsibilities when possible to empower our employees. This transparent and reciprocal communication approach forms the backbone of a strongly designed workplace, ensuring that everyone's voice is heard and valued.

Spreading Holiday Cheer Through Service:

In the spirit of giving, consider incorporating acts of kindness and service into your holiday festivities. This can even be done at the workplace. Whether it's volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a food drive, helping onboard a new co-worker by offering a salutation, or simply lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need, these acts of compassion not only make a positive impact on others but also enrich your own sense of purpose and connection. In the tapestry of holiday traditions, the threads of service add a profound depth, weaving a narrative of goodwill that extends far beyond the individual, creating a community bound together by the spirit of generosity and shared humanity.

Nourishing the Soul:

As we immerse ourselves in the delightful festivities of the holiday season, it becomes imperative to cultivate a mindful approach not only to the indulgent treats that are synonymous with this time of year but also to the essential nourishment our bodies crave. While relishing in the joyous spirit of holiday traditions, let's conscientiously integrate a variety of nourishing meals into our seasonal menus. These wholesome culinary choices serve as more than just a response to the culinary decadence surrounding us – they are a profound acknowledgment of the symbiotic relationship between our well-being and the foods we consume.

In the symphony of holiday flavors, each nourishing dish becomes a harmonious note, contributing to the overall composition of our health and vitality. By thoughtfully selecting nutrient-dense ingredients and embracing a balanced approach to our holiday feasts, we not only provide our bodies with the sustenance required to navigate the bustling season but also embark on a journey of self-care that emanates from the very core of our being. After all, the art of nourishing ourselves extends beyond the immediate gratification of our taste buds; it is a holistic endeavor that encompasses physical wellness, mental clarity, and the profound understanding that what we consume plays a pivotal role in shaping our overall sense of well-being. So, as we savor the festive delights, let us also celebrate the nourishing power of mindful eating, recognizing that the true essence of self-care begins with the choices we make to fuel our bodies from within.

Unplug and Reconnect:

In our digitally connected world, it's easy to get caught up in the virtual realm. This holiday season, consider taking a break from screens to fully immerse yourself in the company of loved ones. Engage in meaningful conversations, play board games, or simply enjoy the warmth of shared laughter – these moments are the true essence of the holidays.

Pampering Yourself:

The holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Whether it's a spa day, a cozy night in with a good book, or a long bubble bath, giving yourself the gift of relaxation is a vital component of self-care. Remember, you deserve to unwind and recharge.

Holiday Wellness Rituals:

Consider incorporating wellness rituals into your holiday routine. Whether it's a morning yoga session, a brisk winter walk, or a meditation practice, these rituals can ground you amidst the holiday frenzy. Embracing these moments of self-care will not only contribute to physical well-being but also foster a sense of balance and mindfulness.

Connection Through Gratitude:

Amidst the flurry of gift-giving, take a moment to express gratitude. Consider writing heartfelt notes to those who have made a positive impact on your life throughout the year. Gratitude has the power to strengthen connections and bring joy to both the giver and the receiver, adding a meaningful layer to your holiday experience.

Sustainable Celebrations:

In the spirit of self-care for both yourself and the planet, consider incorporating sustainable practices into your holiday celebrations. From eco-friendly gift wrapping to mindful consumption, making environmentally conscious choices can contribute to a more fulfilling and compassionate holiday season.

The Power of Asking for Help:

In the intricate tapestry of life, the threads of support and connection are woven through the simple yet profound act of asking for help.

This is commonly harder than you think!

Acknowledging that you don't have to navigate life's challenges alone opens the door to creating a network of support that can be a beacon in times of need. Whether it's seeking advice, emotional solace, or collaboration on a project, reaching out and talking up your need for assistance not only fosters stronger connections but also empowers others to contribute meaningfully to your journey. In this blog, we'll explore the transformative effects of building a network of support, where giving others the chance to provide service becomes a reciprocal exchange, enriching lives and fostering a sense of community.

In a world that often emphasizes self-reliance, the beauty of shared service and mutual support shines as a beacon of hope. When you open the door for others to contribute, you create a ripple effect of blessings that transcends individual struggles. This blog delves into the profound notion that by giving others the opportunity to lend a helping hand, you not only lighten your own burden but also sow the seeds of positive change. As stories unfold of interconnected lives, we discover the joy that comes from shared victories and the unexpected blessings that arise when we embrace the collective strength of a network built on trust, compassion, and the simple yet profound act of asking for help.

Discover Your Holiday Self-Care Essentials:

Indulging in self-care is a transformative act that we often approach with a tinge of guilt or self-doubt. In the pursuit of treating ourselves, there's a common internal dialogue that can hold us back or make us question the validity of such moments of self-indulgence. However, it's crucial to recognize that prioritizing self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for overall well-being. Embracing these moments allows us to recharge, reset, and better navigate the challenges that life presents. So, let go of the guilt, savor the small joys, and treat yourself – because fostering a positive relationship with oneself is a key ingredient to a fulfilling and balanced life.

No holiday self-care routine is complete without a selection of cherished products that bring joy and relaxation. Whether it's a soothing scented candle, a luxurious face mask, or a cozy blanket to wrap yourself in, curate a collection of holiday self-care essentials that resonate with you. These products can serve as your personal toolkit for moments of tranquility and self-indulgence throughout the festive season.

BelEvah products were selected with meticulous care because each item reflects our commitment to quality, sustainability, and your well-being. We understand that what you use on your body matters, and that's why every product in the BelEvah lineup has undergone a thoughtful selection process. From ingredients that prioritize your skin's health to sustainable packaging choices, our careful curation ensures that each BelEvah product aligns with our dedication to excellence. Your trust is paramount, and we believe that the products you use should not only meet your expectations but exceed them. That's the BelEvah promise.

Reflection and Set Intentions:

As the year draws to a close, take some time to reflect on the past months. Celebrate your achievements, acknowledge challenges, and set positive intentions for the coming year. This reflective practice can bring a sense of closure and set the stage for personal growth in the year ahead.

In the midst of the holiday hustle, let's not forget to prioritize our well-being. Embrace the magic of the season by infusing it with self-care, creating a holiday experience that nourishes both the body and the soul. After all, a happy and rejuvenated you is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those around you.

As the holiday season unfolds, let self-care be your guiding star. In the midst of the festivities, rituals, and celebrations, remember that taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity. Embrace the magic of the season with open arms and a heart full of gratitude, creating a holiday experience that nourishes your mind, body, and spirit.

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  • Writer's pictureEvalee Fenty-Marseil

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

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  • Writer's pictureEvalee Fenty-Marseil

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, it is easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted. Burnout is a real issue that affects many people and can have a significant impact on mental health, physical health, and work performance.

Recognizing your own burnout, and sometimes taking a mental health day from work is crucial for maintaining overall well-being, and it's important not to feel guilty or overburdened for doing so. Yes, we ALL have responsibilities, but no it should not cost our sanity!

Statistics show that work stress and burnout are on the rise, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizing burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis in 2019. In 2003 (WHO), almost twenty years earlier, they called it a world-wide challenge for workers, and offered employers ideas for supporting their employees. Check out the link to read publications:

In the US alone, work-related stress costs companies over $300 billion annually in lost productivity, absenteeism, and healthcare expenses. Additionally, many studies have shown that work stress and burnout can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes, such as increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

It is essential to prioritize your health over your job. While work is undoubtedly important, it cannot come at the cost of one's well-being . Taking a mental health day can be a crucial step in avoiding burnout, preventing long-term health issues, and improving overall work performance. By taking a day to recharge, individuals can come back to work with a fresh perspective, increased energy, and renewed focus.

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Employers should prioritize their employees' well-being by including mental health days as a practice protocol at work. A recent study found that companies that promote mental health and wellness programs have a more productive workforce and reduced absenteeism.

Additionally, it's essential to create a culture where employees feel comfortable taking time off to prioritize their mental health without fear of repercussions or negative consequences.

If it became a natural reinforcer would it be taken for granted?😕 🤔 😔 If you don't implement and collect the data would it be relevant. Good OBM principles and practices calls for an intervention. We need to normalize mental health interventions, as a measure of preserving our work culture.

In conclusion, recognizing burnout and taking a mental health day is vital for maintaining overall well-being and preventing long-term health issues. As an employee, it's important not to feel guilty or overburdened for taking time off to prioritize your mental health, and as an employer, it's crucial to prioritize employee well-being by including mental health days as a practice protocol at work. Remember, your health is essential, and it should never come second to your job.

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