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Initial Publication: April 15, 2019
We lead super busy lives and it’s crazy how we just go through list after list after list… oh it seems endless!
Since you’re a superstar, I’m sure you’ll chug along and plow through it.
But it’s important to take a step back and also take care of yourself once in a while to recharge and get you back on the horse in no time.
So, I compiled a list of self-care tips that will help you keep your positive mindset. These simple ideas will also help you in your motivation at work. When you’re motivated, the positive energy is translated to your mental health and overall well-being.
Not only will this make you productive but will also drastically affect your leadership. More importantly your team and colleagues will notice the difference.
1. Eat Breakfast
Believe or not, this is one of basics of self-care.
Starting your day with an empty stomach while you use up energy and brain cells, can wear you out in no time. Do yourself a favor and have something to eat before you start your day.
Ever heard of the term “Hangry” ? This is you being snippy because of hunger. 🙂
Not a good thing.
2. Take Breaks
I know you have to finish reports, emails and calls but you need to have those in between breaks to keep you sane.
Going on a short break for 10-15 minutes will do wonders. Take a walk and get that smoothie you’ve been wanting to try at the ground floor.
One thing that has worked for me is scheduling breaks every 2 hours. Just as I schedule my meetings and the time I need to finish reports, I purposely put breaks to help me go through the day.
After the break, I feel so much better and ready to go back to my day.
3. Leave on Time
Begin your day with the end in mind.
If you want to leave at 5:00 pm, finish the tasks you need to complete at the start of the day. Don’t wait till the last 2 hours to do it.
Not only will you have anxiety, there’s also a high probability that it you won’t leave on time.
Make it a habit that by the last hour, you’re already wrapping up your day. This will help with your mental health and will also make you feel like you had a very productive day.
4. Unplug after Office Hours
Turn off your email notifications at work. Resist the urge to open your work email when you get home.
This is part of your self-care routine as you relax and have life after work.
This also means you resist the urge to look at your email before going to sleep. You probably want to check your schedule for the next day to set the alarm but other than that, do not peek at your email.
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5. Start a Hobby
I suggest start one that does not require you to invest a lot of money. Start small. You never know if you’ll like it or not.
Last year, I started crocheting again. After almost 20 years since I last crocheted, I began again. And I love it!
Now, I’m borderline obsessed about yarns and hooks. But I’m glad I started a hobby that does not require me to be in front of a screen. Except maybe looking at a pattern from my cellphone.
But generally using my hands and counting stitches.
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6. Read a Book
I love books! And I try to read 1 book every month. I try to mix it up from Self-Help books, Leadership, Inspiration, Biographies.
The variety helps with keeping the balance and motivates you to finish the book and look forward to the next titles.
Here are some titles that’s on my list.
7. Take a Trip
Staycation or a short trip to the beach, lake or wherever you fancy will surely help you recharge. The planning and anticipation will help you get excited and in the mood to focus on yourself.
Taking a trip will not only clear your head but it will also make you feel renewed. Change in scenery will make you feel good and if you’re about to make a critical decision in your career, this is one of the best ideas that will help you decide clearly.
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8. Binge Watch
This is one of my fave things to do on the weekend and I go as far as plan a list. I know I’m nerdy that way!
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9. Take a drive and listen to music
I know you can do one and the other but I suggest to do both at the same time.
Pick a play list, press play and then forget about it and drive.
Drive for hours if you want. If you picked 90's playlist, then sing your heart out.
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10. Meet with Friends
This is my most important self-care idea because there’s nothing like a good margarita and best friends just chilling out.
Go ahead and talk about the most mundane things, plan a girl’s out of town trip or just chill at home. Having friends out of work will temporarily give you that pause you need from the office stress you’re dealing with.
About Daisy Casio
Daisy Casio is a Passionate Operations Leader with over 16 years of work experience in various leadership roles. She has run diverse teams in multiple locations and has built teams from the ground up. She is the Founder of ChampLeaders Blog dedicated to transforming leaders to Champions. She writes about leadership, management, productivity, career tips, team engagement and many more.