Self Care at Work
When we think of self care, we’re usually thinking of things that we do before or after work - exercise, eating a whole food diet, spending time with loved ones, or relaxing in a hot bath. But self care doesn’t have to stop when we clock in, and taking a few moments during our workday can help us feel good all day long, while also improving our productivity and concentration.
Here are some simple ideas for incorporating self care into your workday.
Drinking the recommended amount of water throughout the day helps us feel better in myriad ways. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, hydration is crucial “to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.”
In a previous post, I shared that my water intake throughout the day improved when I switched from a lidded water bottle to an insulated tumbler with a straw. Just removing that little hassle of taking off the bottle cap was all I needed to nearly double the amount of water I drink each day.
A few moments of aromatherapy can help to calm, centre, and ground us at intervals throughout the day. If your workplace isn’t scent free, you can wear your essential oil on a diffuser bracelet. Or, if scent is not allowed, use your break time to turn your vehicle into a mini spa escape with a car vent diffuser.
Faerhaven’s Seaside Essential Oil Blend was formulated to help soothe stress without drowsiness, which makes it the perfect choice for the workday. Think of a cool sea breeze - invigorating and deeply relaxing.
Refresh Your Skin
Central air or heat, too much caffeine, and harsh lighting can all dehydrate our skin and make it feel tight or irritated. Keep a spray essence and your favourite lip balm at your workstation or in your locker and apply liberally whenever you’re feeling dry.
Take Real Breaks
Working through breaks and eating lunch at our desks are less a mark of dedication these days and more a sign that we need better boundaries. More and more workplaces are recognizing that real, rejuvenating breaks result in better productivity and happier teams.
Take a walk around the block, or find a quiet place to enjoy a few pages of an inspiring book on your breaks.
A regular gratitude practice can reduce cortisol levels by 23 percent, according to Psychology Today. And reducing cortisol can help to ward off anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, and many other conditions caused or exacerbated by chronic stress.
Set aside a few minutes of your workday to write a thank you card to someone you’ve crossed paths with at work who made your day better, in a big or small way.
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How many of the following self care practices could you include in your workday this coming week? Let me know in the comments below!
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.