Self-care in the office
Work is often one of the key places in our lives where we struggle to practice self-care and wellness. In some ways, that makes sense: for most of us, work is stressful, hectic, and requires you to be “on it” at all times. However, work is also where we spend a majority of our waking hours during the work week and taking a little time to work a few self-care practices into our workday routines can make a big impact on our lives and our wellness.
1. Personalise your workspace
A tidy, well-organised workspace will help you to clear your mind and focus on the tasks at hand better than a cluttered, messy one will. To go one step further, if you are able to, try to beautify your desk a little and add a few personal touches. A framed picture of a beloved pet or friend, an organiser for your stationary, and a decorative piece (because who doesn’t love a Bobble Head or two) can really make your desk feel like a comfortable, beautiful place to spend your time.
2. Get some fresh air
We all feel better after a walk and a little fresh air – it wakes us up, makes us feel refreshed, and gives us a little fitness boost. Adding a short walk to your daily routine can brighten your day and break up the hours of work. Even just a walk around the block, or down to the nearby café for coffee, can serve as a welcome and refreshing break. Taking a walk alone, or with a few office friends, can really give you something to look forward to each morning.
3. Bring healthy snacks
When you are working long hours and feeling stressed, it can be easy to just grab a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar on your way in. However, bringing healthy, tasty snacks from home, or making healthier choices in the shop, can have a lasting impact on your energy, health and mood. Swapping crisps for apples and peanut butter or carrots and hummus will give you more energy and make you feel better for the rest of the day.
4. Add some greenery
If your office allows it, consider adding a small plant or two to your workspace. A tiny cactus or petite succulent may not seem like a big deal, but having indoor plants has been shown to reduce stress, increase concentration levels, and boost worker productivity. Perhaps more importantly, plants are also beautiful and can make your desk feel more like a home.
5. Make sure you are comfortable
We all spend a lot of time at our desks, so it is important to ensure that you are comfortable. If possible, you can try to arrange to be sat at a standing desk, or to use an ergonomic chair or a Bosu ball. Alternatively, you can also try bringing in a pillow to make your chair more comfortable. When winter comes, ensure that you have a blanket, an extra sweater or a large scarf handy so that you do not get too cold.
Check out our other blog posts on wellness, health, fitness and self-care to learn more about how you can be your best self every day.