5 Ways to Treat Yourself on International Volunteer Managers Day

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day!We spend a lot of time thinking about how to make our volunteers feel valuable and appreciated. But the efforts of you, the volunteer manager, can sometimes slide under the appreciation radar.

That’s why today, we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day. It’s a much-deserved holiday for volunteer managers around the world to be reminded how amazing they are!

While (we hope) you’re receiving endless high fives, hugs, and/ or pats on the back from everyone you see today, here are a few ideas on how you can celebrate how awesome you are.

  1. Reflect on Your Achievements

Sometimes the work days can be so hectic, taking care of each item that miraculously pushes itself to the front of your to-do list, that it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re accomplishing. Take a few minutes today to look back on and recognize what you’ve achieved over the past year – both small and large alike.

  1. Give Yourself Some “Me Time”
Photo Credit: Ray Sawhill

When was the last time you focused on you? We can get so wrapped up in serving others, that we can forget that others are best served when we take the time to serve ourselves. Set aside some time today to learn a new skill, catch up on your professional reading list, or anything else to help turn you into the very best version of yourself.

  1. Cut Yourself Some Slack

Didn’t finish everything you wanted to today? There’s always tomorrow. Consider intentionally shifting some items off today’s to-do list to give yourself some well-deserved breathing room. And don’t be so hard on yourself. Today is your day.

  1. Remember Why You’re Doing This

Take a step back and think about the impact you are having on a daily basis. Think about on your organization’s mission, and how you are making making strides towards achieving it. Think about the people you’re serving and the lives you’re improving. And indulge in all the warm and fuzzy feelings that come along with it.

  1. Have Some FUN

Yes, this holiday is based on your professional identity. But the way you celebrate doesn’t have to be! Whatever your definition of fun is, give yourself some of it today. Make your favorite breakfast. Hang out with friends after work. Take a walk after lunch. Invite some co-workers to join you. Re-energize yourself for another year of being awesome.