Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2012

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SAVVY SELF-CARE 10 MINUTES Make a phone call to a loved one. Reaching out and gaining emotional support from those you care about is a strong defense against burnout. Breathe deeply. Breathing is the ultimate reset button for your body and mind. Have a glass of water. Although easily forgotten as a source of mental clarity and energy, simply drinking more water can help. If you notice you are experiencing any signs of burnout, including feeling overwhelmed, being easily irritated, sleeping too much or too little, and lacking interest in work, take immediate action to counteract them. Always remember that you are your best caretaker. Mary Beth Braun owns, and is the chief massage therapist at, One Body Therapeutic Massage in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also a life and health coach, and coauthor of Introduction to Massage Therapy with Stephanie Simonson (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007). Contact her at marybeth@marybethbraun.com. ONE HOUR Get a cup of coffee with a friend. Dedicate time to the encouraging and inspiring people in your life. Schedule your own bodywork session. Practice what you preach. Renew your spirit and find inner peace and calm. ONE DAY Do a daily evaluation of your stress and energy levels. Once you know where you are, you can create a plan for the day to increase and sustain your optimal energy. ONE WEEK Schedule a weekend getaway or vacation. Whether you've got two days or two weeks, clicking the "off" button is a critical tool in cultivating physical and mental renewal. Get enough sleep. Figure out how much you need and work that into your plan. Visit the newly designed ABMP.com. Log in. Explore. Enjoy. 47

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