26 September 2023

Taking Care of Yourself (HBR Working Parents Series)

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Series Editor Daisy Dowling, Harvard Business Review Press, $29.99.

Self-care is anything but selfish, according to executive coach who specialises in working parenthood.

Defined simply: working-parent self-care is like any habit or practice that feels like you, that you engage with regularly and one that has the effect of increasing your working-parent resilience and satisfaction over the long term.

Self-care is defined differently for different people, so when “your personal battery is drained, that particular self-care practice charges it back up. It has the dual benefit of making you happier and allowing you to give more to your work and to your kids.”

Taking Care of Yourself provides expert advice to help you identify what you value most out of your work and home life, make choices that align with those values and manage the emotions that come with them.

You have to learn how to advocate for yourself more effectively, juggle impossible schedules and find fulfillment at home and at work. From classic issues such as work-life balance and making time for yourself to thorny challenges, this book features the practical tips, strategies and research you need to do to feel more effectual.

You’ll find dozens of practical, powerful self-care techniques specifically tailored for working parents. Jot down the tips and tricks that could have the “most impact on keeping you happy, whole, and together both as a professional and as a parent”. Then follow them.

We have three copies of Taking Care of Yourself to give away. What expert advice does it give? Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Monday, 6 September 2021. Names of the winners will be announced in Frank Cassidy’s PS-sssst…! column on 7 September 2021.

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