In today's society in which people are expected to work long hours and pass on vacation days, there is an underlying belief that we must always be productive – which can ultimately take away from opportunities for self-care. But by taking some time out to engage in self-care, you may relieve the pressures of everyday life and reset yourself to get back to a healthy point where productivity is once again maximized. Considering the costs associated with mental health services, lost wages, and more, spending some time on yourself may ultimately benefit everyone.
Burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, comes with significant consequences, which may include but are not limited to burnout, depression, anxiety, resentment, and a whole host of other negative implications. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more. From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Spiritually, it may help keep us in tune with our higher power as well as realize our meaning in life.
We encourage EMPLOYERS of health care workers and first responders to not only "preach" self-care, but to encourage and provide it. Riverside Lavender Farm has self-care packages available. Your employee will arrive mid-morning, take a brief tour of the lavender farm and then sit at tables among fields of lavender and create their very own lavender wreath, from fresh lavender, picked moments before class begins. After enjoying the class, your employee will be treated to a picnic basket that includes lemonade and freshly baked lavender sugar cookies. They will take this picnic to our private beach, where they may use our grills, firepits, swim, relax in an Adirondack chair at the water's edge and just read, or meditate. Before departing they may visit with our herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats, who are well mannered, freshly bathed, and anxious to snuggle or play.