Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

Knowing success doesn’t come to the lazy, we put in long work hours and make sacrifices. Unfortunately, our self care is often the first thing pushed to the side. While not taking breaks or skipping lunch may seem like an efficient use of our time, these daily choices can pile up and increase our risk of burning out. It’s important to recognize that in order to be our best self at work we need to put our self care first.

Here are five tips for increasing your self care in the office.

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

1. Listen to music:

Bring a pair of headphones to work and listen to your favorite radio station or Spofity playlist. The soft music playing in the background will help get your creative juices flowing and prepare you to take on the day’s tasks.

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

2. Go for a walk:

Sitting behind a computer all day can take a toll on your mental health just as much as your physical health. Make time for a quick 15 minute walk each day to refresh your mind and get your blood flowing!

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

3. Use the Calm app:

Regardless of how much you love your job, there will be stress. Instead of ignoring the situation, it’s important to acknowledge that you need to take a moment to breathe. Calm, a meditation app, allows you to choose timed mindful exercises to relax your mind and body. So sneak away from your desk and find a quiet place (maybe just in a bathroom stall!) and plug in your headphones for a quick 5 minutes of relaxation.

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

4. Decorate your space:

You might not want to go to the trouble of decorating your office space, but you spend a lot of time at work! It may seem insignificant, but curating your space with bits and pieces that make you feel at home will increase your mood at work. My favorite accents: framed photographs and plants!

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

5. Don’t eat lunch at your desk:

I know, I know! It’s easy to get wrapped up in a project and think eating at your desk is a great time saver, but it’s important to step away and take breaks. After eating lunch outside or in the break room you will come back to your project with a fresh set of eyes – and may even finish it stronger than if you had sacrificed your lunch break!

What do you do at work to increase your self care?! Leave it in the comments below!

Five Ways to Reduce Stress

Five easy tips to help reduce your stress!

Endless to-do lists, piles of laundry, late nights in the office – these are all contributing factors to tension headaches and dark circles under our eyes. They are stress inducers. We all have them in our life, but not all of us take the time to re-evaluate our triggers and modify how we handle our stress. It’s probably unrealistic to believe you can lead a stress-free life, but these simple tips can give you a break from the madness and an opportunity to breathe.

  1. Get outside: 

    I make it a point to set 15 minutes aside in my workday to take a walk. This gives me time to clear my head and I find I am more productive throughout the day. If you don’t have 15 minutes to get your blood flowing, try to squeeze in a few moments to step outside to take a few deep breaths of fresh air. You will be amazed at how calming getting outside can be!

  2. Let go of the small stuff: 

    Ever hear the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff?” I’m sure you have, but I never knew what fell into the category of “small stuff.” I recently read an article that identified it as things that won’t matter in a year. So that sink of dirty dishes – let it go! It will get done tomorrow. Don’t let it ruin the joy of today.

  3. Set time aside for the things that bring you joy: 

    Love reading but never have the time to enjoy a good book? Make the time! It may sound silly to set time aside for yourself when you are feeling stressed, but when you are feeling happy and fulfilled you will be in a better mindset to tackle your daily tasks.

  4. Write lists: 

    When you have a million things floating around your head it can feel overwhelming. If you take the time to write down everything you need to get accomplished it is easier to prioritize what needs to get done today, what can wait until tomorrow, and what you can delegate to someone else.

  5. Get a good night’s sleep: 

    It’s easy to neglect your sleep and work into the wee hours of the night, but setting aside a good eight hours of sleep will increase your productivity for the next day. So make time for a bubble bath or light an aromatherapy candle at dinner to set the mood for a relaxing evening. This will signal your body that it’s time to slow down and get ready for sleep.

What do you do to reduce your stress? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!

Wedding Advice from a Guy’s Perspective

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Hello everyone! Ian (the husband) here for the first of what might be several cameo appearances on Beauty & Blooms. That probably depends on how this attempt goes – so please comment and share!

This Sunday marks my one-year wedding anniversary with Sarah so she asked me to give a man’s perspective on wedding planning. I don’t have the space to cover everything so I will tackle a few take-away points from my experience.

Contracts and Payments

This first point is somewhat boring, but definitely practical. Planning our wedding was my first experience with vendor contracts, particularly from independent contractors. Looking back I wish I had negotiated more. The standard vendor contract for a florist or bakery hands you is not set in stone. No one will be offended if you ask for a change to the terms; if they are that should be an immediate red flag.

If you negotiate anything, I would suggest discussing the payment terms. A deposit upon booking is pretty standard and will likely not go away. However, oftentimes vendors will ask to be paid in full a few days before the event. Avoid this if you can! Withholding a portion of the contract until after the event can help keep vendors honest. Have the portion be small enough so the vendor is not too worried but large enough that it is somewhat relevant (10-20% should be sufficient).

For example, we waited four months to receive our wedding photos. Yes we checked in regularly but no amount of email shaming has the same impact as the almighty dollar. I promise you our photos would have arrived much more promptly if some payment was withheld until delivery.

Get Involved

This point is directly addressed to you guys out there. The bride will almost always be more engaged. She will likely have the biggest opinion and the last word. It’s not a bad thing. She has been dreaming about this day long before she knew who was waiting for her at the end of the aisle. Meanwhile, you were watching ESPN and playing XBOX. That said, don’t just sit out the planning phase. Take on some of the effort. Voice your interest in a portion of the days events. At the very least, know what is going on. You shouldn’t feel like a guest at your own wedding.

Act Married Even Before You Are

Planning a wedding is honestly one of the most stressful things I have done in my life and I wasn’t even shouldering most of the weight. There will be tears. There will be hysterical laughter. You will argue. You will talk about eloping. Don’t give up!

Consider these trials as the warm-up before the main event – marriage. Recognize when your partner is struggling. Support and comfort the other. Let your partner help when you are down. Feed off each other. That is what marriage is all about – at least for me. You are not in it alone anymore. I don’t think I would have survived the planning if I was.

I hope this was helpful for any of you newly engaged couples out there! If you have any advice of your own please share it in the comments!