It can be easy to neglect your own well-being and push yourself too hard. But the truth is that taking care of ourselves, especially during a time when it’s so common to feel like we’re running on empty, can make all the difference in our careers. Self-care really does matter for success. Here are five habits you should adopt today that will transform not only your work life but also your personal life:
Set clear boundaries
This means telling people when you are busy or have something else going on, so they don’t bother you. You should also tell them what they can and cannot do with the things in your home or car. If you don’t make yourself clear, people will assume that they can do whatever they want or take anything, and it will rub you the wrong way. This is a great way to start taking care of yourself.
Start saying NO!
You don’t have to take on new projects if you’re already busy. If a coworker asks for help with something, tell them that you can do it next week. Explain why: your priorities are taking care of yourself and your family first before anything else.
Take Care of Your Body.
Whether you have an office job or work from home, you’ll be more productive when you take care of your body.
Stretching is so important for everyone, but especially for people who sit at a desk all day long. Make sure to get up and stretch every 30-45 minutes to keep your energy levels high and ward off pain and injuries.
Do at least three sets of 10 reps on the following:
– Push ups – Sit ups – Squats – Lunges and stretch for a little bit between each set, take a break, then start again. Do this consistently throughout your day to improve your health and energy levels.
This will take you about 2 minutes out of your day, but you will feel so much better.
Take Breaks Throughout the Day
If you are someone who has a desk job, take breaks throughout the day. Get up and move around for 5-10 minutes at least once or twice during your workday.
When taking the break, focus on something different than work—read a book or go for a quick walk outside to clear your mind. You can also do some of the stretching exercises mentioned above. A break in your day will make a huge difference in how you feel and perform.
Keep Your Work Area Organised
You don’t have to be a neat freak, but you should keep your work area clean and tidy. The more organized your space is, the better you will feel and the easier it will be to find things quickly when you need them.
Also, avoid keeping junk on top of your desk or in drawers because this causes clutter—you will feel like you have a lot of work to do when in reality, it’s just that pile of stress-inducing mess.
Communicate Your Concerns
You should talk to your boss or any person in authority if you feel like you are being treated unfairly. If something is bothering you, speak up and let them know so that you can get it resolved.
You don’t want to air your dirty laundry for the whole world to see, but by speaking with someone directly about a problem as opposed to complaining to others in the workplace, you will feel much better and move on with your life.
These five habits will lead you to a more successful career as well as make your personal life happier and healthier too. They might take some time to get into, but it’s worth it—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking care of yourself.