In a busy world, we have a lot that pulls our attention away from how we might be feeling internally. Multitasking, keeping up with deadlines, staying connected to friends and family, and maintaining our living spaces are only a few of the ways we may get overwhelmed when we are not paying attention to how we are caring for ourselves.
There are significant clues that our bodies provide us when we don’t tend to our self-care on a regular basis. These clues may be aches, pains, illness, or difficulty sleeping. Our emotions (such as irritability, boredom, and depression) and negative thoughts also provide clues to inform us that we need to put more focus on tending to our needs.
The good news is that these symptoms can be changed by taking small, actionable steps to improve mood, mindset, and general well-being. Utilizing tools available to us, such as timers or reminders on our devices, supports the changes we aim to achieve. Routines we add into our day can be the key to maintaining success with the goals we set out to achieve around self-care.
Whether you commute to an office or work remotely, having a good morning routine will provide a base for a successful day. If your day starts in a “go-go-go state”, that could be impacting how you are feeling throughout the day. Making the time to write out what your morning routine currently looks like can provide insight into adjustments that can be made to help you start your day off with better self-care practices. Here are some considerations to try to add to your morning routine:
Evening routines can be equally important and may have similar actions as mentioned above can aid with relaxing for a good night’s sleep. Additionally, reducing activities that promote mental stimulation before bedtime and choosing to listen to music or take an evening walk are good acts of self-care that promote a relaxed state of mind. These are great to do when feeling stressed or overwhelmed at any point of the day.
Remember: Self-care is not selfish. Paying attention to the needs of our bodies and minds is necessary for maintaining our overall health and happiness. By investing time and effort into prioritizing our physical and mental well-being, we can better cope with the demands of daily life, cultivate resilience in the face of any challenge, and be able to show up as our best selves on a daily basis.
At Aspiritech, we are proud to be able to honor our neurodivergent employees’ self-care needs and provide space for self-care in the workplace. This initiative takes several forms, including:
We strive to cultivate a workplace culture where everyone feels respected, supported, and empowered to prioritize their self-care needs.