It is a well-known fact that many of us spend more time at our jobs than at home. Spending 8 to 9 hours a day in an office or cubicle may leave you feeling lethargic and unmotivated; this may not bode well for your mental or physical health. When we are at work, our focus is mainly on meeting deadlines and satisfying our bosses; sometimes we neglect our personal needs.
The concept of self-care is engaging in activities that help boost your physical, spiritual, or mental health. Everyone’s relationship with self-care is different: a shopping spree, going for a run, taking a bubble bath, or reading a book by candlelight. Unfortunately, well for some of us, we can not participate in those activities at work. There are hundreds of little things you can do to engage in self-care at the workplace. These tiny habits can help ease some of the stress throughout your day.
This simple activity is beneficial for your mind and your body. Have you been staring at the screen for too long? Take a break! Grant yourself permission to briefly clear your mind and inhale the fresh air. Allow the sun and natural light to wash over you, this can enhance your attitude. If you are able, walk around the building or parking lot to add in a little exercise.
Utilize your lunch break
Most workplaces incorporate 30-minutes to an hour lunch break. Do you find yourself only using 10 minutes or working through lunch? Breaking for lunch can seem more like a suggestion than a requirement, but you should utilize it. Remove yourself from your work space and enjoy your food. You can incorporate mindfulness techniques here, acknowledge the flavors, textures, and taste. Think about chewing and swallowing rather than the meeting you have in 30 minutes. Take a moment for yourself.
Do you need coffee or energy drinks to manage the day? That’s okay, but do not forget to stay hydrated. Not only do we need water to purify our bodies, but it also aids in proper brain function.
Express your ideas
Many of us have ideas that may help our team or the organization, however expressing them can be intimidating. You do not have to knock on the door of your CEO, but you can speak up during a team meeting or participate in employee surveys. Speaking up can address concerns, introduce new processes, or spark a brainstorming session.
Limit checking your e-mail outside of work hours
If you have a high-pressure job, this may not work for you. Sometimes when we are trying to help everyone, we minimize the importance of creating boundaries or needing to turn off. Frequently checking e-mails outside of work disengages you from your home life and may increase your anxiety. The work will be there tomorrow, make sure you enjoy your family and have a restful sleep tonight.
Not all companies make wellness and self-care a priority. These are activities you can do to address your own needs and ensure that you remain productive and an asset.