Self Care at Work (4/365)

Here’s an article I wrote for my works’ magazine that I never got credit for:

We always get told to look after our health, do the basics like exercising and eating fruit but when it comes to mental health and looking after the mind, it’s a whole different story. It’s more likely to be ignored and pushed to the side.

Now the consequences can wreak havoc on your day to day lives, especially at work. Which is why it’s super important to practice self-care and make sure you’re both physically and emotionally healthy.

Now obviously we all know the basics of taking care of ourselves, washing, eating but we don’t always take into around the mind itself. Psyche Central defines self-care as ‘any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health’.

So basically, self-care can be anything that helps your own mind, so we ran around the office and asked people how they practice self-care at work, and what their top tips are!

“Think about what’s best for you, be ok with saying no to people. If everyone’s going on a social event and you’re not feeling it, say no, put yourself first.”

Not everyone is built to socialize 24/7, and it’s really easy to get caught up and feel like you need to be a part of every single work-related event, especially when you go to such a social office, but saying ‘no’ every now and again is vital. You need to listen to your own body and put your own mental health first.

“Don’t bottle up all of your emotions, let yourself feel them at the end of the day because keeping it all always leads to a horrible outburst”

Bottling up your emotions is the easiest way to have an outburst, now I’m not saying that you have to tell everyone every single emotion. But make sure you have a confidant in your life that you trust and really take the time to process your thoughts and feelings.

“Tidy desk, tidy mind”

Something as small as the act of cleaning your workspace can do wonders for your mindfulness. Clutter and mess can be stressful in itself, especially if you lose something, so keeping organized and clean honestly helps out so much.

“Have plenty of interaction with others and when you’re at lunch, don’t just talk about work”

Now I know not everyone’s a social butterfly but interacting with other people throughout the workday can do wonders for your mind and your stress levels. Especially when you’re not talking about work, yes, it’s something we spend 8 hours doing a day, but it’s not our be-all-or-end-all.

“Take breaks whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed”

Working nonstop can be pretty daunting, especially if you’re someone who has a lot of responsibility, that’s why it’s vital that you take small breaks throughout the day, even if it’s only for 1 minute.

“Look away from your screen every now and then to rest your eyes”

Looking at one screen for 8 hours strains the eyes, let alone two (which most of us do), so resting your eyes by looking away, or putting on night-shift can do wonders.

Now there’s definitely a lot more ways to practice self-care in a public environment the possibilities are endless. What are your top tips?

All images are taken from unsplash.

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