Self care has been a seriously hot topic recently. It seems that more and more people are starting to see how important it really is, but some people still might be misunderstanding self care. Or, some people might suggest there isn’t enough time in the day for self care. What a terrifying idea! Enter ways to get self care at work.
Most of us spend a ton of time at work, whether it be a desk job, or something similar. Work is also one of the most stressful parts of our day, and sometimes we carry that stress home with us as well. For me, I feel like most of my work stress stems from thinking of all the stuff I need to get done at home. Sometimes I really need to take better care of myself at work so I can be more productive.
Enter self care that you can practice while at work!
I am a big time believer in self care and how you can use it to transform your entire LIFE! Seriously, once you try it and see how effective it is, you’ll probably never want to go back. I know that I live for my nights in where I get to indulge a little in some self care, so bringing that comfort with me to work is important and seriously has helped me to up my game!
Self Care at Work Ideas
- Sip water all day long. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure you are getting enough water, because when you’re dehydrated, you tend to feel like a garbage bin. Grab a cute reusable bottle, and fill it up often! I keep a reusable plastic tumbler on my desk, and always fill it up with fresh water first thing in the morning.
- Recognize when you need a break. Stressed? Take a minute, get some fresh air or excuse yourself for a moment. Clear your mind, get focused again, and get back to work. Getting centered again is everything!
- Don’t underestimate a to do list. I keep a todo list for myself in my planner to help me make sure that I tackle everything I need to in the day. Check off as you go, and feel accomplished every step of the way.
- Snack when you’re hungry. I know so many people who love to work straight through the lunch hour and tackle work, but seriously, take a break for a snack to keep your energy level up. You feel better when you aren’t starving!
- Pack healthy snacks. Refuel with granola, fruit, and veg for sustainable energy. Sugary processed foods crash your energy, making you feel worse later.
- Get enough sleep the night before. Need I say anything else?
- Have designated time to respond to emails, calls, etc. Instead of trying to keep up tirelessly with the never ending requests, designate a few times a day to touch base. You’ll feel way less buried and you’ll be more focused when you do respond.
- Take a breath. This might sound super silly, but taking a minute and focusing solely on your breathing for a minute can take your anxiety back to a 0.
- Leave your work at work. Don’t drag all the stress home. Make a policy with yourself that you will drop the work drama as soon as you leave that door.
- Remember to be positive. Try to find something good in everyone you meet. Forcing yourself to look for the good can seriously pick up your mood.
Do you have any favorites for self care at work? Share in the comments below!
Happy Mental Health Monday! The best day of the week, hooray! This week, I’ll be sharing all my favorite free coping strategies that I’ve found over YEARS of careful trial and error. Of course, as always, everyone is different, so finding your own personalized strategies might help too! Most of these are universal though, and probably can help you start to feel a little less tense! You don’t need to spend money to feel better, so trying some of these free coping strategies might help!
Writing this is bringing back serious memories from my childhood. Being an anxious kid, we we’re always trying to find things to negate all the negative feelings that were also quick and easy for me. Since then, I’ve actually started to see how important all that is! As a pre teen and teenager, I sorta didn’t think these would work, but in all reality, they’re some of the best things you can do for yourself, even if you don’t live with anxiety or related illnesses. Self care is important for everyone! So without further adieu..
Free Coping Strategies!
- Get enough sleep. This might be super obvious, but seriously, so many people neglect sleep and underestimate how much better you feel when you’re well rested.
- Drink enough water. Again, yes, might seem obvious but really over looked. Better hydration makes you feel better overall, and leaves you feeling less gross when stress hits hard.
- Understand that “no.” is a complete sentence. Seriously. Read about respecting your boundaries here and start working on saying no to the things that don’t serve you.
- Get outside more. Spending time in the sun can help to boost your vitamin D, which tends to foster those lovely feel good feels.
- While you’re outside, get a walk in. Exercising is proven to help boost those feel good chemicals up and help to combat stress, anxiety, and even depression.
- Start a journal. It’s always a good idea to journal before bed at night, so you can record things that are on your mind and get them out of your system before laying down and trying to rest. Mind won’t stop racing when you’re trying to doze off? Write it down!
- Take time to meditate and reflect. A simple guided meditation (tons on youtube!) can help you to unwind when you’re feeling on the anxious side or like stress is getting the better of you.
- Self care, then self care some more. Self care can save you from stress when stuff gets too tough. Read all about self care here and shop my favorite self care items here. It can be as simple as making sure you get enough sleep or drink enough water, or might be spending time on an activity you love. And it’s so lovely.
- Practice yoga! I have to say, as an anxious person, you might be SICK of people telling you to try to practice yoga. But seriously, taking some time to do a couple flows can help you so much and can help quiet your mind too. Plus, some instructors focus their practice on those who are anxious or have depression.
- Spend time on things you love. Sometimes, when you’re dealing with mental health concerns, you tend to forget to spend time on the things that make you happiest. Taking time to indulge in a favorite activity can make a serious difference.
- Relax with an adult coloring book. These books have been popping up EVERYWHERE! Taking the time to color each picture can help to relax your mind and focus your energy into something more positive.
- Try out a meditation app! There are tons of apps all over the internet that help you to be more intentional on the daily, meditate, and get back to feeling centered and ready to go. Give one a try, a ton are free!
- Kick back and take a bath. This has to be my favorite! I love getting to just sit and relax, maybe toss in a bath bomb, and spend time getting back to myself. It’s perfection.
- Take a breath. Go outside, collect yourself, and practice some deep breathing. This is one of the most simple ways to calm your mind and reduce your stress quickly.
- Spend time with friends and family! Be sure to utilize your support networks, because they’re there to help you!
Do you have any free coping strategies that you love? Feel free to share the comments below, the more the better!