Did you know that September is National Self-Care Awareness Month? This month aims to shed light on different practices one can do to create balance in their life. Self-care can be about treating ourselves, but it is also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle that enables us to be our best selves at work. In a time where it can be hard to disconnect and easy to overwork oneself, self-care is more important than ever. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate it into your work life:
1. Prevent Burnout
With the challenges of the past year and a half, and uncertainty about the future, burnout is at an all-time high. Burnout at work affects one’s psychological and physical health, and can easily spill over and impact our personal lives as well.
Being part of a workspace that values your entire self is key to keeping burnout at bay. Look for spaces with a gym, outdoor areas, separate places to eat, and quiet rooms for when you need a change of scenery. When your company and space encourage healthy office habits, you’ll feel better and work better.
2. Be Aware
Sometimes working self-care into your day can feel like just another item on your to-do list. This month is all about awareness. Just being cognizant of when you need a break or should change your schedule is enough. Start small by taking control of your time, such as moving a meeting to an email, saying no to an extra networking event, or not checking email first thing in the morning.
3. Stay Focused
Much like how your body needs sleep every night, your brain needs regular rest too! Each day, put 10-15 minute breaks on the calendar, just like you would do with a meeting. Take that time to do a guided meditation, walk outside, close your eyes, have a mini dance party (with headphones in)- anything that will take your mind off of work. You’ll come back to your desk feeling refreshed and with a renewed sense of focus.
4. Keep Your Physical Health in Line
Did you know that there are many health risks associated with long periods of sitting? Look for a workspace that gives you the option to use a standing desk or an office that is big enough to roll out a yoga mat and do some movement. While sitting can sometimes feel like the only way to get work done, start small and challenge yourself to take one call while walking a day or to get up and stroll around the office every hour. Trust us, your body will thank you!
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we recognize that self-care is just as important as doing your job. That is why we have outdoor spaces, quiet areas, and even a meditation and massage room. Here, your mental and physical health is a priority, from a variety of spaces that you can make your own to social distancing measures.