5 Ways to Commemorate Professional Wellness Month



Even though I LOVED my work, my staff, and our program participants…

Here are 3 times I knew it was beyond my time to leave a job that had become toxic for me:

(1) I started showing up late to my own meeting that I scheduled and planned to lead

(2) I woke up sad one morning – not angry, not ambivalent, not distracted

(3) I sat on the parking lot in my car for 2 hours unable to go inside and start my work day

  • These experiences are why I am such a huge proponent of self-love, self-care, and self-preservation!
  • These experiences are why I stand by the notion that sometimes self-care includes a letter of resignation!
  • These experiences are why I am totally committed to doing work that makes me feel energized, where I am well paid, and where I feel appreciated for my contributions.

June is Professional Wellness Month or National Employee Wellness Month which provides an opportunity for employers and organizations to enhance existing wellness programs and encourage their employees to adopt proactive strategies for improved physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Prioritizing employee health and wellness improves productivity, teamwork, and organizational success.

Here are 5 ways to commemorate Professional Wellness Month:

  1. Take your paid time off
  2. Reconnect with your colleagues or professional network
  3. Enroll in a wellness program
  4. Take a power nap
  5. Arrange a walking or outdoor meeting

If you are looking to hire a speaker for Professional Wellness Month, Rebuild Your Life Month, or to explore the causes, symptoms, and solutions to compassion fatigue or professional burnout, I’d love to share my message with your staff, community, or university.

Set up a free 20-minute consultation and let’s discuss how I can best support you in the next half of 2024!



Nicki Sanders, MSW, is committed to career development, professional development, and organizational development. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. Nicki is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. She is a lover of nature, cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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