Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mom tips for 2015

Is this how the holidays make you feel?  

Perhaps you are doing way too much!

Recently I wrote a guest blog post for a friend called The Myth of Multitasking.
So often we think the more we do, the more we get done.

As busy moms we have this feeling we need to do EVERYTHING for EVERYONE. 

Let's try something new for 2015 - let's take care of ourselves and believe it or not you may just find yourself much more productive!

Here are some tips:
  • Do something for you each and every day.  Start small. 10 minutes a day.  Perhaps take a walk, exercise, meditate.  Whatever makes you happy!
  • Delegate, Delegate, Delegate.  Your kids can do so much more than you think.  Age appropriately provide chores for them to do.  It will help them mature and feel a sense of purpose and responsibility and it will lighten your load around the house.  WIN WIN!

  • Do one thing at a time.  Focus and stay mindful of what you are doing and do it well.  
  • Lastly - Celebrate your wins.  Take time to pat yourself on the back!

For a more detailed description you can check out the link to Lori's website and click on  Lori Blog  to check it out.

For more information on how you can increase your happiness and reduce your stress, check out my website www.maximize-wellness.com
and feel free to contact me for a free phone screening to see if counseling or coaching sessions may be right for you!
You can also check out info on upcoming workshops or even set up one for me to come to your place of business.

I look forward to connecting with you!
Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC

Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2014 is #GivingTuesday!  This is a time to give back to others by joining the movement and donating to an organization of your choosing.  

For more information and to join the movement go to givingtuesday.org 

What about the next day, and the one after that?  Can we continue with acts of kindness every day of the year?  

Giving Tuesday is the kickoff of to the season of donations.  This campaign reminds us the importance of donating resources or time to help others in need.  If you regularly donate to local charities you most likely received emails or requests for donations as part of the movement. 

If you can join this global movement - please do! 

But what about the next day, and the day after that?

Often we think that helping others requires a huge commitment of time and or money... but that is not true.  While charitable donations and volunteering time will help those in need, don't forget the little things you can do every day.

 Challenge yourself to do something each and every day for the benefit of someone else.  

As you begin each day take an extra minute or two to plan acts of kindness.  

Some days you will be able to contribute big acts of kindness such as a significant donation or volunteering your time.  Other days will be smaller, such as letting someone in traffic, picking up snacks for coworkers, giving a friend a ride,  shoveling a little extra sidewalk to help out a neighbor or giving a stranger a compliment.    

You will brighten someones day - as well as your own!  Good luck!

Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC