As the US works to reopen the economy and continue battling COVID-19, it is important to realize that these times can be demanding. In order to combat the stress you may incur, you must understand the importance of self-care. There are several different self-care techniques that will help you reduce stress at work, and each of them provides significant benefits. It is essential to manage your time well enough to be able to practice these techniques. Learn more about self-care and how it can help reduce accumulated stress and its impact on your immune system.
What Exactly is Self-Care?
There is no single definition of self-care, but it is often described as performing a series of actions to improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Practicing self-care means working to eliminate as many triggers of stress as possible. This does not mean that you are prioritizing yourself over anything or anyone else – it simply means you are relaxing and recovering in order to perform at the best of your ability when needed. It is very self-defeating, if not impossible, to try to care only for others at the expense of yourself. Self-care comes in many different forms, from taking a small stretch break at work to practicing guided meditation at home.
What is the Importance of Self-Care?
Practicing self-care promotes a healthy relationship with yourself to the benefit of your physical, mental, and emotional health. When you are unable to care for yourself, it is nearly impossible to care for others. Therefore, self-care allows you to establish a positive mindset that will translate to good feelings and emotions for others around you. By making the time to let yourself recharge, you will improve the outlook of yourself and others as well as develop significantly lower unhealthy amounts of stress.
How Can I Practice Self-Care?
If you are unsure of how to practice self-care, you can start by closing your eyes and taking a deep breath when you feel anxious or stressed out. One of the best ways to practice self-care is by eating healthy and getting better sleep. Being mindful of your diet and sleep schedule will contribute to better habits and overall health. Another form of self-care involves regular exercise and relaxation. These will allow your body to relieve stress and clear your mind, especially after a long day of work. It is also important to stay away from drug or alcohol use, as these can lead to increased stress and a number of other health problems.
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Self-care requires more than just understanding how to take care of yourself – it involves putting your knowledge into practice and realizing when to reset. Fortunately, Harbor Light Hospice has the perfect solution to assist you with implementing self-care in your routine. Our eBook will cover a wide range of topics such as how to avoid burnout, achieve a healthy work-life balance, and much more. Additionally, it offers advice for healthcare professionals on protecting themselves, their coworkers, and patients during COVID-19. Download your free digital copy of Take Care of YOU: Practicing Self-Care in the Workplace by Roget Loomis of Harbor Light Hospice today!