Self-care might just be the biggest buzzword of 2018, but the truth is, we all need to take time to look after ourselves – no matter our age, our day job or even our bank. But when we are working the 9-5 grind, it can be hard to find the time, and even when you do, how do you even practice self-care? As it turns out, the art of self-care is not just for outside of work hours, in fact, here are five ways you can practice self-care in the workplace.
1 Take your lunch break
While it may not seem like a revolutionary thought, taking your lunch break is an easy way to show yourself some kindness. It’s important to have time away from your desk and go outside to get some fresh air. Regular breaks can not only improve your mental health but also your productivity. If you struggle to get away during work hours, chat to manager about how you can adopt a better work-life balance.
2 Limit your phone time
In this day and age, phones are glued to our hands, and if we’re not careful, our faces. It’s important to learn how to switch off from your phone completely by limiting your screen time. To start, download an app like Moment, which will show you how many minutes you use your phone per day. Start to alter your behaviour by putting your phone in a drawer or keeping it in your bag while you’re at work – out of sight, out of mind.
3 Learn how to meditate
These days, meditation is a common habit, allowing you to calm your mind and body. Thankfully, there plenty of apps and videos that offer guidance when it comes to trying meditation for the first time. This also means you can do 5 or 10 minutes of meditation in the office. If you’re feeling stressed out, jump into a quiet room and run through a quick set of meditation exercises to calm your mind and relax your body.
4 Get a standing desk
Looking after your health needs to be a priority and since we’ve all heard that sitting down for 8 or 9 hours a day isn’t great, it’s time to convert to a stand-up desk. Ask your manager if they can provide one for you and then work out how you can implement standing into your everyday routine. You might do a few hours in the morning or the afternoon, or stand all day if you can!
5 Exercise regularly
Whether it’s before work, during your lunch break or after work, it’s important to maintain a consistent exercise routine. Not just for the physical benefits but for your overall health and wellness. Join a gym and get your colleagues to join you for a yoga or cycle class or start a running club with your workmates. However you can, try and implement regular exercise into your daily routine.