5 Self-Care Routines You Can Do At Your Desk
To say 2020 has been a stressful year would surely be an understatement, that is why finding moments to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves is so important.
Self-care doesn't mean you need to start your workday with a 30-minute yoga sequence or carve out lunchtime meditation sessions.
In actual fact, self-care is ANY action you take to ensure you stay healthy. We need to consciously prioritise self-care, and more importantly, it needs to take place all the time.
In fact, you don't even have to get up from your desk for self-care. Here are some ideas you may find useful:
Have Inspiring Quotes and Visuals in Sight
Keep positive affirmations nearby. Studies support the idea that the words we choose matter: A good positive affirmation can help you combat stress and increase the neural pathways in your brain.
The Muse offers 45 inspirational quotes that can get you through the work week.
Practice Good Eye Screen Health
According to WebMD, try out the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Do also take a longer break of about 15 minutes after every 2 hours you spend on your devices.
Change the brightness of the screen. It shouldn’t be lighter or darker than your surroundings.
Take a Minute to Stay Hydrated
Proper hydration allows our bodies to regulate temperature.
It also helps us sleep better, improve our mood, and brain performance.
Set a Timer for a Three-Minute Stretch
Reduce your stress levels and potentially increase your productivity with these simple stretches.
Don't undermine the importance of maintaining blood flow, nutrient supply which will help boost your energy levels.
Wind Down with a Five-Minute Quiet Time
Reset and feel calmer as you close your work day with these techniques.
Whether you are currently working from home or transitioning back to the office, we could all use a reminder to schedule some dedicated time to practice protecting our own well-being and happiness - particularly during stressful times.
Take care and stay safe.