There is a lot of talk these days about self care. As the world becomes more stressful and hectic, more people realize that they’ve forgotten to take care of themselves in the muddle. You may already know all about self care tips to practice at home, but you might not think much about self care at work. It’s worth it to take a moment to consider how best to practice self care at your job: the last thing anyone wants is for you to end up suing employer for injury thanks to carpal tunnel.
Humans aren’t designed to sit still all day and do nothing. Aside from the physical problems caused, it can be damaging to your emotional wellbeing to feel chained to your desk. Consider getting a standing desk if possible, so you can periodically get on your feet and move around a little. At the very least, take regularly scheduled breaks to stretch your legs, even if you’re just walking around your office.
Listen to your Body
Sometimes, when you get into the flow of work, you lose track of your body altogether. Aside from your regularly scheduled get up and move breaks, remember to pay attention to aches and pains that accumulate over the course of your day. Pay attention to where you are hurting and look into ways to reduce those pains.
Came in Early? Leave Early.
Bosses may applaud you for coming in early and staying late, but they won’t applaud your mental breakdown if you push yourself too far. Especially for people in high stress jobs, or jobs they love, the pressure to overwork yourself can be hard to resist. But you’re not doing yourself or your job any favors by working to the point of collapse. If you came in early, leave early. You can’t take care of your work if you aren’t taking care of yourself.