Most of the conversation related to self-care focuses on self-care habits you can do at home or in your community. What about self-care in the place where a lot of us spend most of our time?! At work! It is important to create practical self-care habits that you can perform at the office. This will ensure that you are focusing on your health and overall balance throughout the day, not just when you are at home or on the weekends. Self-care can take place anytime and anywhere! Here are a few tips for you to make sure you are including some healthy and balancing habits while you are at work:
Take Frequent Breaks:
Spending time away from your desk, computer, and/or your office building can go a long way toward your self-care. If you spend a lot of time in front of computer screen, schedule times throughout your day where you can take a break. You can do things like stand up at your desk and move around, go for a walk down the hall and back, take a walk outside, do neck, back, and hand stretches, or simply close your eyes. These activities will help to keep you energized and focused.
Pack A Snack:
If you are feeling low on energy during your work day, pack some fun and healthy snacks! Fruit, veggies, and nuts are all great foods to pack as snacks. There are many varieties of each so you will never get bored! These snacks also pack a healthy punch of vitamins, minerals, and protein that your body needs. Another food related idea is to pack your own healthy lunch, or leave your office and go out for lunch. If you normally eat inside, try eating outside! And don't forget to drink water. Drinking plenty water during the day will help keep you hydrated. The fatigue you feel at work may not be because you are tired, it is probably related to dehydration.
Listening to peaceful and empowering music throughout your work day is another great way to keep your energy up! Who doesn't love a great soundtrack? You can create fun playlists to get you through your day. Music can also help you zone out and clear your mind when you are feeling stressed or bogged down with job tasks.
Spending time alone can help you re-energize during a long work day. You can do this by taking a walk alone, or going to your car and spending time there for a few minutes. I also suggest finding a place where you can meditate and/or sit in silence. Especially if you have a job that requires you to interact with others all day, taking some time to yourself to re-center can definitely help propel you through the rest of your day.
Leave Your Work at Work:
With the advent of technology in the work place, we often feel that we are never "off the clock." Being able to access your email via your smart phone or having a work laptop has blurred the lines between work time and office time. This is even more challenging for those who work from home. It is helpful to set a designated time each evening when you will no longer reply to emails nor do anything work related. Communicate this with your supervisor and/or co-workers to create a plan that works for you.
There are tons of ways for you to incorporate self-care into your work day. The ideas listed here are what I do on a regular basis. Think outside of the box and add to this
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