We spend a lot of our time at work and therefore the shift in todays society on the views of self-care have truly heightened. Over the past few years, there’s been a huge shift in focusing on employees’ mental health and wellbeing. An active change (and realisation) that as a society we are all destroying ourselves, as well as others, via stress.
I’m a big believer in creating habits and mindsets around your well-being – and I don’t mean eating that slice of cake or treating yourself to a pizza. I mean creating a space where you don’t feel like you must escape from everything. A little self-care can go a long way.
Self-care is about reducing burnout and creating a maintainable work-life balance. It doesn’t have to be time consuming and can be habits that are incorporated into a daily routine.
Create habits for self-care
When you’re around good company, enjoy it.
What’s worse than hanging out with someone and having them sitting on their phone the whole time? Taking photos of their food, boomerangs and selfies for Instagram may look great on social media but how much are you neglecting the person sat right in front of you? Step back, put the phone away and have a great conversation with your friend.
You’ll be surprised at how much it helps your mind and, how relaxing a few hours of real talk and no social media can be.
Work out without judgement.
Working out can often drag you into a competitive frame of mind. Class workouts can find you comparing yourself to others; runs can find you beating yourself up for not reaching a personal goal; and you can end up feeling more stressed than relaxed afterwards. While it may still be a great workout, try to let go of the judgement and focus on the fact you made time to move in your day.
Self-care has a lot to do with how you think about things so creating a positive outlook for simple tasks is a great habit to get in to.
Get outside, notice your surroundings.
It’s easy to get lost in our thoughts, worries and future. Take a step back and ‘smell the roses’. I know, a cliché saying but also one that has great meaning behind it. If we don’t stop occasionally, we miss what’s going on around us. Getting outside provides us a perfect chance to pause and practice mindfulness for self-care. The warmth of the sun on your skin and the sounds of nature going on around/overhead can turn a normal commute into a relaxing practice to set up your day.
Start a journal.
Gratitude is a form of self-care, and writing in a journal about everything you’re grateful for each day is a brilliant way to start the day positively. Here are some thoughts to get you started:
Who are you grateful to know?
What memories are you most grateful for?
List 5 things you can appreciate today?
List 5 things you are grateful to own?
What does gratitude feel like?
What are you grateful for personally: personality/body/strengths?
If you already like to journal, you might write about other topics and certain thoughts might become censored if you don’t allow yourself to see the words staring back at you. Allow yourself to write in your journal freely, without judgement, and process any feelings you might be avoiding. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off you.
Self-care doesn’t need to be complicated
Simple daily habits like these can be incorporated by everybody to improve a positive mind and support a better work-life balance.
Self-care takes practice. No matter how bleak things may become and what challenges may impact your day, I have found that it is crucial to make small attempts to regain control of your mind – taking a slower pace than usual to get things done is okay.
Make your work day as positive as possible. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to show yourself love.
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