The battle between work, time and self care continues to pull you in all directions, regular occurrences of burnout are increasing, but they are not normal, though we have come to accept a culture that expects burnout and celebrates being busy. With articles asking us why modern women are struggling so much with their emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing it’s definitely time we started paying better attention to our wellbeing.
Self-care is vital for self-preservation, eliminating burn-out and looking after our mental well-being, yet there remains stigma attached to it, that it is selfish, indulgent, only for those who aren’t strong or to be preserved for a massage, weekends, or trendy hashtags like #selfcaresaturday only.
Better understanding what self-care actually is and being able to incorporate self-care into your routine on a daily basis takes a mindset change, but it is absolutely vital to maintaining good health, building resilience and working to the best of your ability.
We should be incorporating regular self care into our lives on a daily basis.
Some tips to easily incorporate self care into your working day:
We often say yes to things we should be saying no to. Preserve your energy. Learning to say no, is one of the most powerful things you can do to protect your self-care. Saying no doesn’t mean you’re being cruel!
Delegate and ask for help.
If you are always quietly getting on with unreasonable volumes of work and working extra hours to accommodate, people won’t know you need help unless you ask for it and they will just continue to pile on the work because they think you are managing. Admitting you need help is not a weakness, or that you are not good at your job – it’s quite the opposite. It shows you are self-aware, with high-self worth. It also shows you are proactive in wanting to get the job done as efficiently as possible and by any means possible- not at the expense of your health. Don’t be martyr.
Take a lunch break
Take your lunch break, disconnect from technology and connect to nature instead, go for a walk, change your environment, listen to a podcast. Practice a short mindfulness meditation. Whatever you do, don’t sit at your desk and don’t skip a meal. You’ll come back in the afternoon focused and with more energy.
Certain foods are natural mood boosters and stimulate concentration like blueberries which are rich in antioxidants and oily fish. Start to get curious about what food you eat and what you can incorporate into your diet to give you a little bit of a leg up!
And Ps. lots of water is your friend!
Exercise is a natural way to reduce and release stress and improve our overall wellbeing.
Go for a short run, walk or pop to the gym or practice some yoga asanas or take a dance class or martial arts! There are lots of exercise apps that offer 10-15 minute exercise that are a great for burning off any unhelpful stress hormones.
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