7 Ways to Practice Self-Care at Work

Because Work gets stressful,you need to find ways to practice self-care at work, even when you’re busy.

As your workweek drags on, your to-do list gets longer. The last thing you want is to add one more thing to the list.

But you need to make time for self-care. If you skip it, you’ll eventually burn yourself out.

With so much on your plate, how can you find the time to fit in self-care?

The trick is to find little nuggets of time in your day to fit in a quick self-care routine without throwing off your busy schedule. 

Self-care at work

Most people consider self-care a long, drawn-out night of pampering, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated (although that sounds very nice). You can practice self-care in under fifteen minutes and even while you are at work!

Curious?

Try one of these seven stress-busting self-care techniques to keep you from going haywire:

1. Deep Breathing Exercises

Anyone anywhere can do a little self-care simply by learning to focus on their breath for mere minutes. 

If you can successfully shut out the world and listen intently to the sound of air rushing in through your nostrils and the feeling of your lungs expanding, then you have a powerful self-care tool.

You can take advantage of guided deep breathing exercises online, or you can learn to do it on your own. 

To use deep breathing meditation at work, you simply need to focus on your breath. Once you fill your lungs completely, release the air slowly and imagine yourself emptying your mind of anxiety.

It can be helpful, especially if you work in an intense environment, to use sound-canceling headphones to cut out the noise and improve your ability to focus.

2. Take a Stroll Outside

Nature has amazing calming powers. Fresh air can help to invigorate your body, and walking gets your blood pumping.

Getting out of the office and into the great outdoors can help to clear your mind and free your spirit. You can sometimes feel cramped and hindered when you are stuck in a cubicle all day.

3. Give Yourself a Facial Massage

You might feel a little awkward for a few seconds massaging your own face. But once you get into it, you’ll feel so relaxed you won’t care how it looks.

A good facial massage drains the toxins from your lymph nodes and is very relaxing on a stressful day. You can either use your fingers or buy a facial massage tool.

The benefits of facial massages go beyond stress-relief. They also give you glowing skin, increase blood flow, and improve the tone of your facial muscles. 

This means that your face will look young and vibrant for longer. Sounds like a winner to me!

4. Call Your Mom

To face a hard day at work, a pick-me-up conversation with a family member can be all you need.

If you aren’t that close to your mom, that’s okay; it doesn’t have to be Mom that you call. You could chat and vent with your bestie or call your significant other for a reminder of how loved you are.

Whoever you choose to call, make sure it’s someone who is supportive and will refresh you with uplifting conversation. 

5. Have a Laugh

They don’t say laughter is the best medicine for nothing. Getting a good chuckle is one of the best ways to relieve stress. 

Dry Bar Comedy has great videos on their Youtube channel that are clean enough to watch at work, but funny enough to do the trick. These videos are little snippets of about five to fifteen minutes of a comedian’s act.

You can watch these videos on your break at work. And if you find a comedian you really like, you can watch their whole 30-45 minute special when you get home.

6. Stretch It Out

Sitting at a desk all day can cause unhealthy tension in the body. To get rid of that tension, you need to stretch your muscles and joints.

To get your blood flowing from head to toe, you should learn a quick ten-minute full-body stretch

Don’t have time for the full body treatment?

Just focus on your problem areas:

  • If you feel the most tension in your shoulders, check out these shoulder stretches
  • Feeling lower back pain? You need to try out these stretches.
  • If your neck hurts from staring at your computer screen all day, these neck stretches can help. 

7. Gratitude Journaling

Reminding yourself of all the good in your life can help you face the negative.

This is where gratitude journaling comes in. All you need is a notebook and pen, or a digital app like Evernote.

Each day, write about three things you are grateful for and how have they improved your life.

When writing these things down, be as specific as possible. Don’t just write, “I’m grateful for the sun.”

Instead, write that you are grateful for the feeling of warmth that your skin feels from the sun, or the way the sun helps to make your flowers grow, or the way sunrays look when they break through the clouds. 

Next, think about three ways you can pass the gratitude on by helping others. Acts of kindness can help you feel worthy of the good that you receive. 

Conclusion

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take time for self-care. You spend all this time doing things that others require of you, but you have to care for your own needs, too.

Self-care helps to relieve stress and tension. It’s also beneficial for your mental health. It helps you connect to those you love, and it can re-energize you for the next day (or at least the next few hours). 

Don’t wait for your vacation to find a little “me time.” Do it every day with these techniques!

If you can do that, you’ll not only notice that you’re less irritable every day, but you might even enjoy better relationships, better health, and a better life!

About the Author

Dominique Daniels leads the property management team at 15th Street Flats in Houston, TX.

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