5 Tips for Self Care
What’s your favorite method of self-care?
If you are like many of the leaders we work with, you might talk about things you do away from the job – massage, a walk in nature, a hot bath, exercise, a day at the beach, a real vacation. All of these things are great, but they occur outside of working hours.
What about what happens on the job?
To keep yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, it’s important to pay as much attention to self-care on the job as off. Sometimes, you just can’t wait until you are able to leave the office to take care of yourself.
So, how do you do self-care while doing your work?
Here are 5 tips.
Lead with your strengths – When you work primarily within your “A” skill set, work will be easier and more effective. This takes care of both your mental and your physical energy. It’s not always possible to work only in your zone of genius, but the more of your time you spend in this zone, the less taxing your work will be.
Follow your body clock – We all have natural rhythms and cycles when we are most alert both physically and mentally. It makes good sense to tackle difficult tasks at those times as much as possible. Of course, your schedule is not always totally under your control, but that makes it even more important to pay attention to the time allocations you can control.
Stretch and move – Give your body the gift of movement. If you’re sitting at a desk, do some stretching, particularly of your head, neck, and shoulders. If you can do so, get up and walk around, and change your view. Keep your body limber, your mind nimble, and your perspective flexible.
Create a nurturing environment – You may have full control over your space or control over only a few elements. Consider doing all of can to create a comfortable environment in terms of temperature, color, furniture arrangement and décor. This can be a bit of a juggling act, particularly if you share office space, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid extremes. Include art or objects that bring you joy. When your environment makes you feel better, you will work better.
Take a break – A deep, restorative breath can do wonders to improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In addition to providing more oxygen to your body, it can help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure and clear your mind. In moments of conflict or frustration, pausing to take a breath can de-escalate tensions and allow for a fresh perspective. A healthy snack can provide a moment of pleasure and a boost in energy. A well-timed break can ensure that you come back better and able to work effectively.
When you care for yourself, you are caring for your team, your company, and your customers. Don’t postpone self-care until vacations, holidays, or after working hours. Instead, build it into the workday – you’ll feel better and your work will be better, too.