Partaking in self-care activities at work can be a huge help for time and stress management in a business. Plus, it is guaranteed to have you feeling better about actually being there day in and day out.
What is Self Care?
Self-care has to do with acts which have the sole purpose of taking care of both your mind and body to allow you to feel less stressed out and more joyful.
The working world you (and we) live in is fast-paced and chaotic so, even if you feel like you are doing okay, you could definitely do with more self-care during your working day. Not only will this benefit you, but it will have advantages for your boss and coworkers too because you will be better equipped to be productive, form good relationships and perform to the highest of standards.
If you have a self-care routine that you perform at home, in the gym or outside, then you are halfway to doing this at work too. How come? Well, you already know what makes you happy so you are pretty in tune with yourself. This is a big thing, so kudos to you!
Why Self-Care at Work Helps De-Stress
Practicing self-care does not have to be saved for after work hours as this will not necessarily impact positively on your working day.
However, if you have some activities you can do throughout your working day then this will allow your body and mind to de-stress and keep you performing optimally and hitting your targets.
The Self Care Activities
Thankfully, these following tips will show you how to manage stress at work so you can feel light, free and happy — even with the ever-growing stack of paperwork piled on your desk.
Taking Regular Breaks
If you work at a computer day in and day out, it won't just be your eyes that suffer — your mental health and physical wellbeing will decline too.
It is important to take regular breaks to give yourself and your eyes a break from looking at a harsh, backlit screen.
Try combining paper-based work-related tasks into your day so you do not have to tap on a keyboard all the time.
You possibly do not have any paper filing to do a lot of the time but still try and get up from your chair and have a walk around and do something else. Even if that 'something else' is going to get a coffee from the machine or the coffee shop just down the road — it all depends on how much time you have, of course.
Nourished Body = Nourished Mind
As your busy work life tends to get in the way of a good midday meal, you are more likely to eat something half decent if you prepare it beforehand. Nowadays, there are lots of recipes out there for healthy lunch meal prep for work that you can make ahead of time and bring with you.
Remember to eat a balanced diet so you are not only maintaining your physical health but fueling your mind with nourishment so you can complete your work efficiently and effectively.
With so many recipes to choose from, we thought we would give you a handful to get you started on your self-care at work journey:
- Greek Couscous Salad
- Quick Chickpea Curry
- Spicy Chicken with Rice and Beans
- Chicken Fajitas
- Ultimate Veggie Sandwich
- Sesame Noodle Bowls
- Taco Bowl
Concentration and Snacking
If you consistently snack on your work's vending machine's handouts then you are probably consuming a lot of sugar and possibly caffeine. This is not so great for concentration as it will give you spikes of frenetic energy that, at the end of the day, will lead to a huge crash, no productivity and a rather lousy feeling.
You can rectify and prevent this however by bringing healthy workplace snacks to enjoy — it may even inspire your colleagues to do the same!
You can bring whatever you fancy, but some great ideas are:
- Air-popped popcorn
- Nut mixes
- No-Bake protein balls
- Granola bars
- Bell peppers and guacamole
- Rice cakes
- Apples and peanut butter
- Vegetable crisps
- Carrots and dip (some people love hummus, others might opt for cheese and chive)
- Grapes and cheese
- Pumpkin seeds
Declutter Your Working Space
Your desk and the space around it probably gets messy very quickly. This only heightens the tension, anxiety and stress that you are already feeling from the day.
If you are not a natural "neat freak", we are not suggesting that you become one, just notice how a clean and tidy desk makes you feel as supposed to an untidy and cluttered one.
You might find that putting up a picture of your family or pets may help inspire you to not only work hard but to take care of yourself too.
Plan Your Time Well
What we do not mean by this is structure your day so you have every single work-related project or task back to back, leaving you with no time for yourself to breathe let alone practice self care.
What we do mean, however, is to plan your time so you do have periods throughout the day where you take a much needed and well-deserved break (including at lunchtime, remember, a nourished body = a nourished mind).
Whether you write it in a planner or just mentally note the things that you are going to do and when you will do, it works. It will undoubtedly help you to feel less stress and more happiness because you won't be worrying about when everything is going to happen.
Breathing is something that many of us do not take enough time to do properly. Try to take three, all-encompassing deep breaths without trying to continue on with your work while you do it. You will notice how that frees the anxieties and stresses almost immediately, allowing you to think clearly again.
If the importance of self-care activities at work isn't clear by now, then it definitely should be! Be kind to yourself!