I have always dreamed of working from home. This is basically my one and only life goal. I know there are downsides to this too, but I am such a homebody. The thought of being able to wear comfortable clothes, prepare great meals throughout the day, and not have to deal with other humans, well that sounds like heaven to me. But alas, that is not my current circumstance. Right now I work from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (ew) and I live an hour away from work (again, ew). So I have two options, complain and be miserable about my situation, or make it into something bearable (I go back and forth between the two usually). Here are a few tips to practice self care at work if you, like me, have a 9-5 job you aren’t exactly crazy about.
Start Your Day Off Right
This is crucial. When I get to work I tidy up my desk, set up everything I need, figure out what needs to be done for the day, and then, the most important step, pour a delicious cup of coffee. Then I take a few minutes to enjoy my coffee and mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.
Make Your Workspace a Happy Place
I sit in a cubicle, which to many probably seems awful, but I prefer to think of it as my little fort. Regardless of how small it may be, it’s still the one space at work that is all my own. Organize things the way you like, liven it up with plants or pictures, have a pretty coffee mug. Your cubicle is your oyster!
Wear Comfortable Clothing
There have been so many days where I just cannot focus at work because I’m sooo uncomfortable. My pants are digging into me, my sweater is itchy, I wore too warm of clothing. I don’t even know why I own uncomfortable clothes, so it’s something I’m working on. I am trying to cultivate a “comfortable chic” sort of work uniform. On top of that, your outfit should make you feel confident. Pick some go-to outfits you know you love and stick to those! An eight hour work day is not the time to try out those new shoes that you swear aren’t as uncomfortable as they look.
Have a Pick Me Up
Have something on hand for when you’re having a less than ideal day. I like to keep a box of my favourite herbal tea in my desk. You could also keep essential oils to boost your mood, or a playlist of all your favourite songs that make you happy.
Take Your Lunch Break
Why does no one seem to do this?! I am just as guilty as the next person, so no judgement. If at all possible, get away from your desk for your lunch break. If, like me, there is no where to go, find other ways to get away from work for a bit. I like to make myself a delicious lunch, and nicely plate it like I would at home. Then I use that time to catch up on the news or read from my kindle app. If I don’t give myself a break, I’ll have a hard time being productive for the afternoon. And who wants an unproductive employee?
Decompress When You Need It
Sometimes you just need to take a step back and regroup. When I find myself getting overwhelmed at work I tidy up my desk, get myself a glass of water and take a few deep breaths. You can also keep a journal at your desk to jot down your thoughts, do a few stretches, or do a quick meditation. I like to use Calm app to meditate. There are lot’s of short meditations for when you’re feeling stressed, as well as a function that guides your breathing. Great for when you need to calm down in a pinch!
That sums up how I take care of my mental health at work. What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed?