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Stress Busting for Fundraisers

It turns out that April is “Stress Awareness Month.”  Not only that, it’s Spring!

What a perfect opportunity for us to remind you of two essential steps to fundraising happiness and personal sanity:

  1. Declutter your fundraising.
  2. Breathe!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll recognize both of these themes. Every spring, we remind you to make your life better and your fundraising program stronger with a little spring cleaning.

By “spring cleaning,” we mean “throwing things out”!

We guarantee you are doing things that you don’t need to be doing.

Why? Because there are sacred cows at every organization. Getting rid of superfluous events or mailings or committees involves change and change is hard. As fundraisers, we want to make people happy, so we say “yes.” And then we suffer the consequences of an overbooked calendar.

Check out our earlier blog for specific suggestions on how declutter and, in the process, alleviate some of your stress.

As for the issue of breathing, it’s all about making sure you give yourself a break. Not once in a while, but every day.

In his book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink describes the components of an ideal break. It involves getting outdoors, moving those bones of yours, disconnecting entirely from electronics, and engaging in social interaction.

In other words, the perfect break is taking a walk with a friend!

Promise yourself you’ll call a buddy or ask a work colleague to walk around the block at lunch hour this week. Try it and see how refreshed you’ll be – physically, mentally, and emotionally – for the rest of the afternoon.

Stress is no good.

That’s why there’s a whole month dedicated to raising awareness about it! Don’t ignore it. By taking care of yourself you are taking care of your organization.

Now, take a deep breath and call that buddy to schedule a lunchtime walk.

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