How Employees Can Exhibit Self-Care

06 July 2022

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​International Self-Care Day July 23rd

Self-care can be found in many activities or restful experiences. It is the act of literally taking care of yourself whether that be mentally or physically in an intentional manner. Self-care can help ease stress, give you respite, and aid in re-energising.

To honour International Self-Care Day, we wanted to share some of the best ways you can take part in self-care and reduce the stress on your mental and physical well-being you may incur from work.

Reserve the time

If you are a busy individual who feels like self-care often gets put on the end of your to-do list because there is too much else to do, this is your first step. Prioritise self-care, make time for it, as it is just as important as anything else you have to do. There is a saying that goes: “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. When we feel depleted, it can be hard to give our best at work and for others. It is vital to fill our own cup, preferably before it completely empties!

Physical Self-Care

Some forms of physical self-care include:

  • Get some fresh air, take some time in nature nearby

  • Move your body through your choice of exercise

  • If you already move your body throughout the day at work, rest your body, lie down, and watch your favourite TV show or movie

  • Take a warm, aromatic bath

  • Put on some music and have a dance!

  • Take part in a hobby you really enjoy, maybe it is cooking, reading, or singing

  • Get dressed up and feel fantastic

  • Tick off the things on your to-do list

  • Drink A LOT of water

  • Try to learn a new skill if you have the energy

  • De-clutter

  • Play a video game

  • Stretch!

  • Take a nap

Mental Self-Care

Some forms of mental self-care include:

  • Speak positive affirmations to yourself

  • Practice gratitude

  • If you like to, pray

  • Write in a journal

  • Self-reflect and learn about yourself

  • Listen to your favourite music

  • Watch or listen to content that makes you laugh

  • Meditate or practice mindfulness

  • Read an inspirational story

Social Self-Care

  • Go for a wholesome meal with your family or friends

  • Spend time with your favourite people (or animals)

  • Give or receive a genuine hug

  • Play a board game

How to self-care at work

When you’re at work, you can still participate in self-care activities. Here’s how:

  • Take your required break and use it to eat a healthy meal, sit down, and rest

  • If you can, play your favourite music while working

  • Engage in a positive conversation with someone else, such as complimenting someone or providing some positive feedback

  • Take a moment to be proud of your hard work

  • Give yourself a pat on the back at the end of the day

It is important, now more than ever, for businesses to lead with culture and the well-being of their employees as a priority. If you are a business leader you can do this by:

  • Sharing content to encourage employees to priotise wellbeing

  • Offer an Employee Assistance Program

  • Increase morale with social activities

  • Participate in social observances that will uplift your employees or highlight the importance of mental wellness (e.g. RUOK? Day & Harmony Day)

From everyone at ahs hospitalitywe wish you a happy and healthy International Self-Care Day.