Add Self-Care Into Your Workday

Self-care is an important aspect of our wellbeing and contentment. It can be hard to find time for self-care in a world that focuses on productivity and results. But what exactly is self-care and how can you encourage your employees to incorporate it into their workday?

Self-care is your relationship and connection to self. It means understanding what you need to be your most productive and authentic self. Self-care isn’t just limited to physical health, it also includes your mind, emotions, relationships, environment, time and resources.

As a manager, it’s important to understand how you can support your employees and positively contribute to their self-care.

As most people spend the majority of their hours in the workplace, it’s important to weave self-care into the course of a workday. Here are four ways to encourage your employees to make purposeful action for their self-care:

Encourage breaks

When productivity kicks in, it’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of perfectionism. After all, we’re often our own worst critic. But it’s important to factor in psychological safety, and that means taking breaks. Encourage your workers to take a short break every hour, even if it’s just taking a brisk walk around the office. Or switch between different tasks for variety. Creating the right psychological condition helps employees accelerate through periods of productivity.

Build supportive relationships

Healthy relationships are critical to self-care. Consider whether your team dynamic offers support and positive energy. Invest time in building relationships with your employees. Offer support or inspiration. Get to know them on a personal level outside of their work and output. Alternatively, encourage your employees to maintain positive relationships outside of work. Let your employees use breaks to chat with their friends or loved ones, and ensure they have time outside of work to nurture these relationships.

Personalised workspaces

Research shows that our workspace can significantly impact productivity. Encourage your employees to clean up their desks regularly. Make sure your employees understand that their workspace is also their personal space in the office. Get them to put up pictures or items that help them remember people or things that bring joy. Workspaces should serve as a reflection of your best self.

Keep energy levels high

Sadly, getting eight hours of sleep every night is not always realistic. But it’s important to take steps to keep energy levels high. Try scheduling walking into your meetings with employees, or have lunch away from your desk with a colleague. Need to have a catch up with your employee? Schedule time with them in the gym or a mutual activity you’ll both enjoy.

As work continues to get busier, self-care will have an even bigger impact on our health and wellbeing. By encouraging your employees to incorporate self-care in their day-to-day work lives, we can all take small steps to our more constructive, effective and authentic selves.