Practicing self-care during work can help with managing emotional, physical, and mental needs while also boosting mood and productivity.
While self-care is simply the practice of taking care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally, it can sometimes be too easy to get caught up in other things and ignore our own needs.
In the workplace, it’s especially easy to neglect self-are while we are focused on work tasks. Bad habits like eating their lunch at your desk or skipping your break altogether leads to increased feelings of stress and burnout.
If you make only one New Year's resolution this year, it’s important to focus on self-care whenever possible. Taking short breaks at work to cater to our emotional, physical, and mental needs can help us become overall happier people — while also boosting our productivity.
Here are a few small, actionable ways to access the rejuvenating effects of self-care all year long:
Fuel your body for success.
Drink water throughout the entire day - it’s recommended that we drink a half gallon of water per day to stay hydrated and energized. It’s also important to eat healthy snacks while working to keep your mood boosted. Unhealthy eating can lead to fatigue and other more serious medical conditions.
Get your wellness in order.
Taking breaks and getting exercise in-between task will improve not only your physical health, but mental health as well. Most experts recommend taking breaks between every 25 and 90 minutes. It’s also important to stay on top of your annual preventive care, including a regular physical (depending on your age, you may only need one every few years), an annual flu shot, and any annual recommended screenings. In most instances, your preventive care is covered in full by your health insurance.
Take time off.
Whether it’s a mini time out to do a breathing exercise, or a 7-day PTO request for vacation, taking time for yourself is essential. When you take time off, you allow your body, mind, and spirit time to rest and recharge. You'll feel better about sharing your time and energy with others when you're refreshed.
Ask for what you need.
Be transparent with your boss about your emotional needs. Keeping them in the loop with your mental status can help them support you. Say no to projects or tasks you can’t complete. Taking on too much work can lead to emotional and physical burnout. And, ask for help when you need it. Your coworkers and boss are there for you when you need them and are a good resource for when you need help.
Strive for work-life balance.
Enjoying a better work-life balance will eventually help you feel more relaxed in the different roles you have in life. Make sure you are dedicating your time not just to work, but to doing things that you love – take time for tings unrelated to work – like your favorite hobby, your child’s soccer game, grabbing a coffee, or hitting up a yoga class. Practice delegating responsibilities to other coworkers for times you are not available. Establishing a routine and sticking to it is very helpful, others will take cue from you and understand when you are not available.
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