Did you know that an average person spends 1/3 of its life at work?
That's why looking after our habits at work can have a significant impact on our overall well-being in the long run! As part of the #SelfCareSeptember campaign, we want to bring attention to workplace wellness practices.
If you already have a self-care routine at home or the gym, you know the many benefits of this practice. But are you taking care of yourself at the workplace as well? Showing yourself some love only during evenings and weekends is not enough!
Here are a few tips to help you make self-care a daily practice at work too!
De-stress with "walkies"
Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed at work? Get up and go for a walk!
This is not the first time we discuss the many benefits of walk breaks in the blog. In this article, we mentioned that taking multiple short "walkies" during your workday not only helps to de-stress, but it also brings several benefits for your physical health and boosts productivity!
Not convinced that you should be taking walk breaks yet? Read on the "5 Things We Wish Everyone Knew About Walk Breaks At Work"
Nourish with healthy snacks
We all have experienced that 3pm craving at work. All you want is a bag of chips or a candy bar to get you through those last hours at the office.
However, practicing self-care at work also means that you are also mindful of what you eat! Nourishing your body with healthy foods is an essential act of self-love that you can add to your daily routine, in and out of work!
So, next time you have that mid-day slump, snack smartly! Avoid highly processed carby foods and opt for protein-packed and healthy snacks.
Here are some great guilt-free snack options that will boost your energy levels and help you curb that 3pm craving at work:
- On-the-Go Healthy Snack Suggestions from our Trainers
- 3 Paleo Snacks You Need to Beat the 3pm Slump
- Snack Attack: Easy + Low-Sugar Granola
- 4 Healthy Hanger Fighting + On The Go Snack Ideas
- 5 Snacks to Fuel Yourself at Work!
Calm yourself with essential oils
Essential oils are aromatic compounds extracted from plants. These unique essences are used in the practice of aromatherapy bringing many benefits such as stress and anxiety relief, relaxation, improved digestion, mood and headaches.
Different essential oils will have different actions. For example, if you are feeling anxious and find it hard to focus at work, try applying a Sandalwood oil to your temples and wrists. If you are feeling under the weather and need an immunity boost, the Tea Tree essential oil will be your choice!
Next time you are feeling physically or mentally unwell, try applying essential oils. One important note here: before using it, make sure that your co-workers don't have any hypersensitivity or allergy to them!
Tidy up and personalized your workspace
Your work environment has a huge impact on our overall mood. A messy desk will make you feel even more overwhelmed and anxious. On the other hand, your set up can be a tool to help you calm down and unwind during stressful times.
Set aside a few minutes every week to organize and clean your desk. De-cluttering your workspace will help de-clutter your mind! You can also personalize your space by decorating it with personal items such as framed photographs, artwork, plant, and quotes that inspire you. Be creative and have fun with it!