• Maddy Sheriff

How Self Care Affects Your Office Life

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Self care is all about nourishing your mind, spirit and body. Working endless hours can be exhausting on your body. It’s important to take time aside to focus on yourself to rejuvenate your mind for the office.

1. Working Out

Working out can help reduce physical and mental stress. Had a bad day at the office? Sweat it out! Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that moderates the brain's response to stress.

Feeling uninspired? A simple run or jog can boost your mood. Studies have shown people who exercise have more energy and are more productive compared to their peers. Exercise can also boost your creativity up to two hours post workout.

Here are some workouts that may help you release stress and get inspired:

  • OrangeTheory, which is a HITT workout (My personal favorite)

  • 2 mile walk or run

  • Yoga

2. Daily Reminders

Work days can be long, stressful and sometimes hard to get through. Start to keep daily reminders on your desk to keep you motivated. Whether it’s countdown to the beach or going home and binging Big Little Lies, it’s important to have something to look forward to.

3. Drinking Water

Women need around 2.7 liters of water per day. I know this is challenging but it’s so important to stay hydrated in the office to help control your temperament. Once you begin to feel thirsty your mood and concentration are already affected. Check out this article for all the deets.

Here are some tips to help increase your water intake:

  • Use a straw!

  • Use a clear water bottle so you can see how much you’re drinking.

  • Infuse water with fruit to give it extra flavor.

4. Treat Yourself

All I have to say is treat yourself! It’s so important to recognize your value and hard work. Take time aside and indulge in something you love, whether it’s drinking a glass (or bottle) of wine or brunch with your friends. Treating yourself helps clear your mind and will prepare you for the week ahead!

5. Healthier Food Choices

Smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day will help maintain your glucose so stop eating a huge lunch. Spikes and drops in blood sugar are both bad for productivity and the brain.

Eat your fruit and vegetables…a phrase everyone remembers hearing as a child but really... eat them. They contain nutrients that help with the production of dopamine, which plays a key role in curiosity, motivation and engagement.

Here are some tips for eating healthy at the office:

  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast, for example eggs and avocado.

  • Pack fruit, vegetables or nuts for your snack.

  • Find a coworker who eats healthy too and keep each other accountable!

Hoping these tips and tricks backed with facts helps you improve your mental well-being in the office. Remember little steps lead to big changes.

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