10 Ways to Get Self Care At Work – Mental Health

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Pack healthy snacks. Refuel with granola, fruit, and veg for sustainable energy. Sugary processed foods crash your energy, making you feel worse later.
  6. Get enough sleep the night before. Need I say anything else?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!





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  1. What a brilliant little list. In the moment, while I work when I get heated or stressed I never think to leave the situation, but instead relish in it. GREAT CALL to take a breather. Going to do that next time. WHich will likely be very soon πŸ˜‰

  2. I try to get enough sleep the night so I won’t have that fog all day then I won’t be able to work. I also try to bring snacks because if I’m hungry I can’t focus on anything.

  3. I remember when I worked a 9-5 job, I would take bathroom breaks and those would be my minutes to re-compose myself, ha! Hey, anything counts right?!

  4. I feel like this is super important to have self care at work. We spend 5 days a week at our jobs which is a lot of time and being able to have some balance is critical to your mental health

  5. These are accurate tips! I have witnessed so many people who ignore their self-needs. They have so many health issues and mentally it is so difficult for them to bring stability in their everyday life. Only if small measures were taken to deal with the issue.

  6. I cannot agree with this list enough! I started making to-do lists and just the satisfaction of knowing how much I’ve accomplished in a day is enough confidence boost and determination to work even harder. I also snack so much, I joke with my coworkers that the one thing my review will say is “She is always eating something”. And of course, keeping myself hydrated is so important. Water intake isn’t just water – it’s tea and fruits too!

  7. Oh how I struggle with this whether I’m working at home or not. I’ve struggled with it ALL. I’m trying to leave work at work, drink more, take a break, go to bed early but sometimes I get so caught up in it all. I need to make changes asap. I’ve burnt out many times. I needed to read this today. Thank you!

  8. I love this list especially the take breaks, eat healthy snacks, and get plenty of sleep – those top three I really need to work on especially with the holidays coming up. Thank you so much for sharing, and the reminder that self-care is not only important but vital at being productive and energetic.

  9. Great ideas! These tips are very helpful and a great reminder to take care of yourself even at work.

  10. What a neat idea. It’s important to work self-care into your day!

  11. These are easy and practical tips that are commonly taken forgranted by employees and I believe that it is very timely and important to start reminding our employees to practice this not just at work but also at home. Appreciate this post. Thanks, Emi.

  12. Great tips! very helpful …getting enough sleep just sounds easy to do but it is what I always failed. I only get 4 hours to sleep..duh!!

  13. I don’t have a desk job, as I am the type of person that always needs to be on the move constantly, otherwise I start to get seriously bored. However, these tips are still good, even for the type of job I do, where I am constantly on my feet all day! I absolutely agree with getting enough sleep and with looking at the good in your job, including the people around you. I strive to do that every day, and I can say, most days, that I find enjoyment in what I do, because I try to develop that mentality more and more.

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