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What Is Self Care?
To explain first, self care is any activity you do in efforts to prevent derailment in your mental, physical and emotional health. It’s the preventative activities you do to take care of yourself first! You are your biggest asset! Without the 100% you, you are also failing yourself and your other assets (family members, people you supervise, coworkers, friends, etc.).
Why Is Self Care Important?
You may work in a field where you experience unhealthy, insane amounts of work stress. Accountants during tax season. Teachers during the ENTIRE school year. Full-time bloggers while also trying to be a full-time parents. And the list goes on of professions all over subjected unhealthy stress levels.
And what usually occurs while you are under stress? You forget about self care. The preventative derailment activities take a back seat. Your immune system goes on a roller coaster ride. You may become sick and frankly, get depressed!
Oh Snap! What Can I Do?
Read on to find the best self care acts you can do to keep yourself and others on the course!
The Gift Of Giving Self Care
As a previous manager, I gave “Self Care Mood Boosting” gift boxes to employees or team members during the crazy cycles of the year. It was a great way to motivate people as well as serve as an active reminder for myself, and for others, to take care of themselves first. Work can wait. Some of the items that I gave over the years that went over the best with staff were:
Seriously. I know you think ewww right? Hey, don’t knock it until you try it! I gave this to a friend of mine who is now a hotshot manager supervising many team leads. She just sent a text the other day (which inspired this post), Hey, I’m still using the d*** neti pot you gave me 9 years ago…I hate it…and love it. I bought one for all of my employees. I hate you. And love you, B****
Awww…best friends will tell you like it is! I use this neti pot daily. Please remember to follow CDC guidelines (don’t use tap water, it could be unsafe if not boiled). I boil mine for 10 minutes and let it cool down enough to where it won’t burn my nostrils. Only if I’m sick I use the saline packets as I don’t feel the need unless I’m really plugged up. This is my second Himalayan neti pot. FYI – when you drop it on a tiled floor, it shatters into 3498759348759834 pieces.
OK, before you go off and start making snowflake comments, hear me out! Yes, not only do adult coloring books help process emotions and reduce stress by being a very calming activity. But, they also promote more active listening skills. I’ve given these to some employees and they work! Such as on long conference calls or webinars, instead of taking notes, or letting their mind wander on other activities like checking their social media, people actively listen better. And actually participate in the call! When they hear a question, they will chime in with the answer! They will attest they are better able to retain information from actively listening vs. taking notes. Wahoo! Works for me!
Super simple items right? Yet, super grateful to have all of these in almost every room of my house and on my desk at work! I know I’m crabbier when I have cracked dry hands and lips..get moisturized and stay happier!
These gifts definitely went over better with the ladies. Especially the Epsom salt. Any friend that I’ve given the Epson salt to as a gift, they’ve continued to buy it! Of course, you gotta be bath lovers.
Would you believe these actually went over better with the men I worked with and supervised?! They were like giddy lil’ boys on Christmas morning seeing toys in their stocking from Santa Clause! I think it’s because women tend to already go to chocolate as a de-stressor and then feel guilty about eating it. Men, in my experience, act quite pumped after consuming it!
I could also add beer or wine to the list, but, I don’t encourage going to these items for self care and de-stressing. Instead, keep the alcohol for times of celebration. A motivating reward!
Cool Stories Bro’ – What Else Can I Do?
Naturally, the most important acts of self care are simplifying life and learning to prioritize. I for one feel better when I remove the clutter in my home and office. Of course, I’m going to always encourage one to embrace stress and care less. And try creating enough momentum in life to get you one small win that will offer a self of accomplishment when life is coming down on you too hard. Keep social, you may need people more than you realize and join a club such as Toastmasters where you can grow personally and professionally.
Get enough sleep and some fresh air while walking or other physical activity such as camping or hiking to get your earthing game on. Also, are you eating your fruits and veggies? Mix it up and turn them into smoothies! I drink 2 a day and am feeling pretty good!
But, when you can’t completely tune everything off, nor runaway from #adulting, then give yourself and others a self care de-stress gift box and see if you start feeling a little bit better!
Readers, what are your best self care and de-stress tips? Thanks in advance for participating!