Self-care tips for a healthier, happier, more productive you
August 21, 2020
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As most of us continue to work from home, we find ourselves in our never normal, juggling our personal and professional lives.
Although we have avoided some things that used to stress us out—such as commuting to work—we can still feel burnt out from work, and that is normal. To help minimize stress, we can find refuge in self-care—a personalized lifestyle to lead a more holistic life.
Self-care includes all the activities you take for yourself so that you will have more energy to do the things you love. Some of these things sound trite but still true: To be our best self we must eat healthy food, sleep for at least six to eight hours every day and spend quality time either by ourselves or with people we love.
The knowledge about caring for one’s own well-being can then be extended in caring for others.
At Accenture, we believe in being #TrulyHuman: that our people should take care of themselves first, so that they can be happy and be their best self professionally and personally. Even in the workplace, there are numerous ways to build a self-care routine. For instance, blocking some time in your calendar for quiet time is a healthy way of taking a breather. This could be an hour every morning making and enjoying your own breakfast or spending a few hours every week doing something you enjoy, such as reading or practicing yoga.
Practicing self-care and self-love means looking after one’s well-being, and in turn getting the energy to look after others.
Knowing one’s self is a good place to start self-love. As everyone is different, it’s best to ask yourself first what things you like, and what practices make you feel good, then stick to it. Here are some tips on how you can embrace self-care and be on your way to a healthier, happier you.
To minimize work-related stress, find activities outside your work that can relax you. This can include listening to your favorite music, indulging in a good book or doing handicraft. Use this leisurely time to invest in yourself and do the things you enjoy the most. However, if you find yourself trying to excel in the hobby and pressuring yourself to run at a certain pace, think again! Spending time doing what you love is a mindfulness practice, coming into awareness of yourself and how you feel.
You can also try doing something new to gain new perspectives. These can be small things, such as disconnecting from your phone for a few hours each day, ordering a new dish at your favorite restaurant or taking a different route home.
Enjoying time with the people we like boosts our self-esteem. When you spend more quality time with your friends and family, you feel secured, loved and valued—helping you create a positive image of yourself. This can reduce your risk of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
Getting enough sleep every day plays a vital role in good health and well-being. It promotes mental wellness, keeps you physically healthy and improves your quality of life. If you’re sleep-deprived, your brain won’t have enough time to reset and rest for the following day. Poor sleep habits can lead to negative thinking and irritability, and affect making sound decisions.
Disconnecting from technology and your electronic gadgets encourages mindfulness, reduces stress and improves concentration. You can use this “offline time” to practice self-care routines, such as meditating or breathing exercises. By disconnecting, you can also focus on interacting with people who are around. It gives you more time to do things in real life.
Going offline and not looking at your phone at least an hour before bedtime can also help improve sleep, since you are not staring at a bright screen.
Last but not least, don’t be so hard on yourself. The world we live in might be demanding at times, and very often we feel compelled to perform—be a great parent, a great son or daughter, a great worker. We think accomplishing a lot of things will make us happy, but sometimes, in striving to achieve these things, we become self-critical. If you find yourself in this situation, step back and breathe. Are you giving yourself negative marks or criticism? Are you scolding yourself more than you are recognizing your efforts? Learn to recognize your own efforts and pat yourself on the back. See challenges as opportunities to grow and develop resilience, but always be kind to yourself and come to terms with situations.
Being patient and kind with yourself will be one of the best self-care practices, just like how you would with a loved one.
“Be you, love you. All ways, always.” – Alexandra Elle
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