Working in an office can often present us with many different challenges that leave us feeling exhausted. It’s important that we give ourselves time to unplug and unwind as being online frequently can have significant impacts on your health. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, so in light of the occasion we’ve prepared a list of ways you can put self-care first.
- Practise Mindfulness
Take a few minutes each day to take a step back from all the work in front of you. De-stress by going for a walk and paying attention to the sounds, sights, and smells around you. Alternatively, the free Smiling Mind app can take you through a range of mindfulness programs ranging from 2 – 20 minutes that can be completed at your desk to help keep you at the top of your game.
- Follow social accounts that make you feel good about yourself
Confidence is key, and if we’re struggling to feel good about ourselves it may be because we receive negative influences from social media. Make sure you’re only following accounts that represent your values and who you are as a person. It’s time to be positive about ourselves. Following motivational pages, body positive influencers, and pages reflecting your interests is a great way to help you stay focused on what matters.
- Track the time you spend online
We could all spend more time outdoors embracing nature, or even taking some time out to read a book. You’d be surprised how often you spend in front of a screen, so it’s important to monitor it. Set yourself a goal to stay under one hour of social media use per day and achieve it by gradually decreasing your usage by 10 minutes each day.
- Take a break
We’ve all been there. Those days when you hover over the “deactivate account” button on Facebook in hopes that all the stress will fall off your shoulders. It’s important to know that this can be a positive action to take, particularly when we have other stressors going on in our lives. Take a break, deactivate your accounts, and embrace time to yourself.
- Talk to someone
Talking is one of the best ways to ease any tensions you may be feeling. Organise a chat with your colleagues over lunch or after work. Your work may also offer counselling services if a professional opinion is required.
We all go through tough times in our lives, and that’s why we have to prioritise self-care. Trying these exercises, eating well, and exercising will give your body the boost it needs to tackle the day.