What is self-care?
A wide variety of things can constitute as self-care, with everybody having their own unique practices. In essence, simply dedicating some time to yourself and implementing things like schedules to help you to improve your wellbeing can all contribute to a more balanced way of living.
One of the many benefits of working from home is that it can be a lot easier to implement self-care routines in your own household than in a work environment. However, if you’ve become more accustomed to negative habits that come from your typical working environment (or developed new unhealthy habits now that you’re not out of the house), you may find that there are a broad range of options waiting for you.
Why is self-care so important?
Research has shown that those who have a decent routine or a few different practices in place typically enjoy more physical and psychological benefits than those who don’t. For example, being more organised could help an individual to improve feelings of anxiety, stress and depression, to increase their levels of happiness, to enhance their concentration and more. At the same time, self-care practices can help to reduce the potential for health issues like strokes and heart disease.
In today’s society, many believe that we need to be productive above all else, and that self-care isn’t that important. However, this if far from true. Even a few small practices could help to reduce stress and make life more comfortable for you, so it’s well worth learning more about how it could be of benefit.
Want to implement some self-care practices?
The smallest changes could have a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing, so here are just 10 tips for practicing self-care when working from home:
1. Set boundaries for yourself to separate work and leisure time
2. Don’t let either your work or down-time take over, aim to maintain a healthy balance
3. Start the day with a positive practice, i.e, yoga or meditation
4. Take some time to clear your mind at the end of the day
5. Create a schedule and follow a routine (even a loose routine can help!)
6. Try to reduce screen time and go outside whenever possible (if you can)
7. Create a productive work environment (for example, organise your workspace properly)
8. Alongside a productive environment, you need a productive mindset
9. Allow yourself to have regular breaks throughout the work day
10. Ensure that you get enough sleep, but try not to sleep-in and effect your schedule
Hopefully, these different practices will help you to be more happy, healthy and comfortable while working from home.