Did you know that you don’t have to limit practicing self-care to just your off days?? It’s true babes! If anything, you should be practicing it on the reg, especially at work because lets face it, work and everything that comes along with it, can be stressful as hell!
Whether you work corporate or from home, there’s no escaping stress, it’s even possible for it to creep up when you’re at networking/social events so it’s important to always tune into your mind and body and know when to take a breather because guess what..taking a moment for yourself is OKAY!
Business trips also induce stress into our lives, we’re taken out of our routine, we’re expected to absorb or relay a certain amount of information in a small amount of time and more times than none we’re not actually able to enjoy the fact that our day to day has switched up even if it’s just for a day or two.
While speaking on a panel at SXSW in Austin, we were able to shed light on the importance of self-care in a work environment and believe it or not, while sitting up there alongside other badass women in business, I took a moment to really be present and feel grateful that I was even able to be there and share my passion with so many people.
All you need to do to get a little recharge to get back into the grind is take 1 minute, 5 or even 10 to focus on something other than work. I personally feel like my life is never ending stress therefore I make it a point to take plenty of ME moments throughout the day.
Below are some of my quick tips and tricks on how to not go totally insane when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed!
Be Present for 5-10 minutes
Being present means to simply be. I’m guilty for having my “break time” be a few minutes scrolling on the ‘gram to see what other people are up to but this doesn’t really help your motivation to keep working so I find it best to totally power off when I take my 5-10 minute break. I take this time to sit back, take a few deep breaths, think about what I’m grateful for that day and just be still. This allows me to hit refresh on my brain and focus my energy towards the rest of my work day.
Brush Your Hair
Bet you weren’t expecting to read that huh?!LOL Not only will you give yourself a little touch up visually but by brushing your hair you’re actually stimulating acupuncture points which help to calm your mind and help blood flow to your brain!
Express Yourself Through A Stream Of Consciousness
We’re all human, we all carry and express our emotions differently but the important thing is to get them out and not bottle anything up. There are times where I’m just having a shitty day and I unfortunately take that to work and end up having an even shittier day so I found that journaling and writing down what I was feeling as my day went on actually helped me to get rid of any negativity I may have been feeling. Somehow putting my thoughts down on paper actually helps me to realize that some things aren’t that big of a deal and I just need to take a chill pill. It’s also useful when I have a million different ideas going on in my head and need to quickly jot them down that way I don’t forget in the midst of a hectic day. Don’t stress yourself out by carrying around so many thoughts…write them down, get back to work and re-visit them when you have another free moment.
Have A Sensory Experience
Give your mood a boost during the day by tapping into your senses! In an article recently published by Forbes covering the panel at SXSW, I mentioned that “Taking a moment for yourself during a busy moment like SXSW can actually help you experience the event more fully. Try this mindfulness practice of focusing only on a sensory experience:the smells coming from the food trucks, the feeling of your body in a chair during a panel, or the noise from a band. That moment of focus will help to relieve any stress you may feel.” I find that having a sensory experience is not only important at events or at the office but it’s especially important you do this if you work from home. Take a moment to have a jam sesh and listen to your favorite song, this will help to boost your energy and concentration. I also find that lighting candles or even having fresh flowers on the table can automatically put me in a more relaxing mood when I take a deep breath and inhale scents I enjoy.
These are just a few of my favorite ways to bring me back to life when I feel like I’m on the verge of a complete burn out. Take care of yourselves guys, no amount of work/stress is worth you sacrificing your sanity!