Self care has become a popular topic in recent years, and for good reason. More than ever before, people are practicing daily habits that make them relaxed, happier, and ready to be their best selves. While some of us have excellent self care routines at home, our focus on taking care of ourselves may disappear when it comes to a hectic day at the office. And this is no good.
Many of us spend a lot of time at work, so self care should be a part of our routine during our days at the office. Below are five ways to easily practice taking care of yourself with even the busiest work schedule.
Take Meditation Breaks
Instead of spending a five or ten-minute break looking at your phone, carve out time to focus on meditation to ease the mind and center your breathing. Phone apps like Calm and Headspace have made it simple to allow a quick getaway for a few minutes of meditation. Just find a peaceful spot, bring headphones, and relax.
Pick Up Desk Yoga
Yoga stretches can be incorporated in our daily lives in many different ways — no yoga mat required. One great way to feel stretched and relaxed during the week is learning basic yoga poses to be be done at your desk…even sitting down! From Cat-Cow Stretch to Standing Pigeon, find the yoga routine that is perfect for you.
Cozy Up Your Desk
Many workplaces can feel like an overly formal or even a cold environment. But if you have a desk, you are free to decorate as you wish (as long as it’s appropriate, of course). To feel more centered and at home during the day, create an atmosphere that you’ll love. Add pictures of friends and family, plants, small puzzles or activities, and more.
Build Meaningful Friendships
If we feel stressed, sometimes having a conversation with someone whose presence we enjoy will make things ten times better. We spend a lot of time with our coworkers. So it’s a good idea to find connections and make conversation with them about something other than work. Find a good group to join for lunch outings, or bond with that one coworker who will let you vent about your schedule during a five-minute break.
Cross Off The To-do List
Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than adding a check mark next to a big project when it’s done. If your schedule and tasks tend to be all over the place, grab a notebook and start a to-do list. This will make you feel more organized and relaxed as you can physically view all of your tasks, and it will probably make you better at your job, as well.