Many people associate hard work with sacrifice, sometimes even at the expense of their own well-being (especially in today’s challenging times). Contrary to what many people believe, however, self-care can actually facilitate success.
Self-care is a practice that entails making time for meaningful activities outside your professional life while contributing to better performance at work. Having time for rest and relaxation brings balance into your life, making you happy and productive in both your personal and professional life. So if you want to experience success in your career, then here are some self-care tips that you should practice.
1. Manage your stress
Tight deadlines, demanding clients, or difficult projects can make work really stressful. What sets great leaders apart from others is that they invest in themselves by establishing routines that help them manage their stress. Leaders who practice stress management are able to handle pressure and change in the workplace.
If you want to be able to handle any kind of work task, then you should incorporate self-care into your daily routine. You should make time for healthy habits, such as exercise and meditation. You may not always have the freedom to choose your assignment or client, but you can choose to manage your stress, so you can conquer any challenge that comes your way.
2. Make sure to give yourself “me time”
Work will feel more fulfilling if you reward yourself with rest and relaxation! Bring more balance into your life by maximizing your weekends or your vacation leaves to do activities that you like.
One of the most successful people in the world, Bill Gates, makes it a point to spend some “me time” by having a bi-annual seven-day retreat in a cottage on a forest waterfront. The founder of Microsoft uses this period to think of new ideas for his company.
Likewise, you can also be more creative and innovate at work if you make time for activities that help you relax. You don’t even have to leave your house to unwind! You can just play video games, read books, or do any kind of activity that sparks joy.
3. Make your space conducive for work
You’ll be more successful and productive if you accomplish your tasks in a conducive working environment. Practice self-care at work by making sure that you are in a comfortable workspace.
Take care of your eyesight by making sure that the lighting is sufficient in your space. Try working near a window or adding light fixtures that can simulate daylight. Keep yourself alert and, at the same time, comfortable by sitting in an ergonomic chair or getting a stand-up desk.
Finally, you may also want to decorate your space by adding low-maintenance plants to help to boost air circulation.
4. Set your boundaries
Being available for work 24/7 will only make you feel overwhelmed and stressed. Meanwhile, controlling the boundaries between your work and home life will improve your health, your relationships, as well as your work performance.
One of the ways you can practice this is by getting seven to eight hours of sleep every day. Getting a sufficient amount of sleep every day will improve your memory, your focus, and your response time.
Meanwhile, those who sleep less than six hours every day are more prone to experience work burnout. You can also set boundaries by limiting your screen time or by entertaining work messages only during work hours. These healthy habits will give you enough time to address your needs so you can be your best self at home and at work!
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About the Author
Rachel is a writer with over 15 years of experience in the business industry. She works as a freelance career consultant for all levels of business. Her philosophy is to keep a healthy balance between work and life.