You’re overwhelmed at work and probably at home too. While it may seem like no big deal to skip a meal, a work-out or even a few hours of sleep, but neglecting personal wellness will eventually catch up to you.
Why Self-Care is Important
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), self-care is “what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness.” This includes nutrition, environmental factors, lifestyle, and hygiene. If you want to improve overall employee wellbeing, you need to bring self-care into your office.
Self care is all about taking care of your mind and body, so you feel less stress and more joy. Considering the hectic pace of the work world, most of us could benefit from more self-care during the workday — to crank up productivity, form stronger relationships with coworkers, and ace performance.
You can’t expect to deliver your best work if you’re constantly feeling stressed and exhausted, can you? This is why it’s so important to take care of yourself at work, too, as it is a big part of your day. But how do you practice self-care at work?
Here are ten ideas on how to add some self-care into your work life:
- Get up, stretch, and move
- Snack smartly
- Take 3 deep breaths
- Journal for one minute about a positive experience at work each day
- Take a walk during the lunch break
- Make a playlist that motivates you
- Write down three things that you are grateful for at work
- Give yourself an activity away from the computer every once in awhile
- Do some power poses
- Have lunch with co-workers outside the office
It is good to care about others but you should not forget to care for yourself too.
(for example and one of my favorites) Pick up a good read
I know it sounds cliché, but getting lost in a book is my favorite form of self-care. I don’t have that much time to read but I sneak in 10 minutes here and there — on the plane, before bed….
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Devin C. Hughes is a highly sought after international speaker, author, diversity & inclusion muse, mindfulness trainer & leadership coach who works with a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams who have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal/organizational performance and enhance communication through greater self awareness and understanding of one another. He is the author of 17 books and his approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset and mindfulness.