As a student of hospitality for the past 35 years, I am always excited to see how the best in class inspire their workforce. Recently, John Hart, a global senior director with Marriott Meetings & Events, invited me to share with the heart of the house. These 250 people managers are the magic behind Marriott’s Meetings & Events around the world.  

I’ve had the fortunate pleasure to teach them how to Spark Self-Care. When you find your spark, you find your joy. When you find your joy, you find your voice. And when you find your voice, you find your freedom. It simply starts with a spark that creates internal alignment of the head, heart, and hands.  

There are four domains in Sparking Self-Care. It’s in these domains that you invest time and energy. How are you doing in each of these domains? Here are some practical ideas that you can implement right now: 


  • Meditate or pray, if that aligns with your faith or belief system. 
  • Carve out 5 minutes to read or listen to something that inspires you.  
  • Write down three things you feel grateful for and share them with others. 


  • Exercise to decrease feelings of stress or anxiety. 
  • Get plenty of sleep. 
  • Go for a walk somewhere beautiful outdoors, like a park, hiking area, or nature reserve. 


  • Change the way you use self-talk so that you’re being kinder to yourself. 
  • Write in a journal. Check out the Day One Journal app.  
  • Engage in random acts of kindness and altruism. This has been linked to mood boosting.  


  • Have an intellectually stimulating conversation with a loved one.  
  • Spend time outdoors. Soak up the sun.  
  • Take a staycation.  

These are just a few of the Spark Self-Care tips that were shared by the brilliant individuals at Marriott Meetings & Events Academy. Which ones resonate with you? More importantly, which one can you implement immediately? It will work if you work it.  

Sparking Self-Care is not just a passing fad that is here today and gone tomorrow. It’s a lifestyle as the lines of work and life have blurred. Businesses and organizations will make this a priority in attracting, activating, and advancing talent. The clinical wisdom of Dr. Maria Muzik, professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, rings loud and clear: “People need to be seen, understood, and valued.”  

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