The holidays tend to come with a ton of excitement but also a lot of eating, stress, and also stress eating. It’s no secret that I’ve been using this past year trying to really hone in self-care without the misconception of treating myself in all of the unhealthy ways. One of the things that has been the most difficult given the industry I work in, is trying to find a better work/life balance… leaving the stress at the office, actually leaving the office at a decent time, and trying to make the best of my time away from the office. When I took a meditation workshop with Allison of and be well, I left that Saturday morning to several missed emails and texts from work. While this is not the end of the world when you love your job, it’s still a little hard to step back and stay grounded when you’re constantly working. I realized then that one of her workshops would be so beneficial to all of the women on my team and I wanted to help introduce them to the same things that are helping me in my life.
A few weeks ago, Allison was gracious enough to host a private session as a team outing at Niche Fitness Studio for (some of) the women on my team, and I just can’t recommend it enough. We started with a lesson in adaptogenic herbs, which I’d attended before at a previous workshop, but it was fun to have friends learn about an entirely new subject and to witness their sparked interest. One of my personal favorite parts of Allison’s workshops are the delicious and mindful small bites that she makes herself, and this time it was homemade cardamom and rose chocolate and maca cacao energy bars, and she shares some of her recipes over on her site if you’re interested. We ended our session with 30-40 minutes of a restorative yoga practice, which I’d never experienced before but now I’m looking forward to finally signing up for a full class. We’d discussed as a team before leaving the office that we may need to go back to finish up after, and there was no way in hell we wanted to do anything close to work afterwards.
I will just go ahead and give my humble opinion on team outings: next time you’re helping plan one, instead of going for the typical happy hour with alcohol, I highly suggest to think outside of the box and focus on overall wellbeing and education versus what will only last as long as happy hour does. True story: not everyone enjoys drinking on the regular. And those who do, not all of them enjoy drinking with co-workers! If you’re in Richmond – consider a wellness workshop with Allison and while I haven’t taken a class at Niche yet, it’s also on my radar and Christmas list. It was a beautiful space and the class sizes all cap out under 10, so you’re guaranteed to have a personalized experience and assistance from the teachers. And this is not an ad for either by any means, I just truly found it helpful and to be honest, it was probably the only “happy hour” I can get behind these days.