Were one of your New Year’s resolutions to practice more self-care? If so, February, the month where we celebrate Valentine’s Day, is a good month to take heed.
Here are a few ways you can lower your stress levels and improve your happiness in the workplace.
Lean Into Technology
Are you in the habit of using pen and paper for just about everything in your life? From to-do lists to scheduling and everything in between, it can feel easier to jot down a note instead of opening an app to complete a task. However, a problem arises when you lose track of those notes and spend more time fumbling through your stacks of papers than producing the work you set out to accomplish in the first place. This, in turn, leads to stress, and stress sabotages your self-love.
Instead, lean into technology. Create a new habit of putting your to-do lists, notes and schedule into digital format, so it’s always available at the tap of a finger (or click of a mouse). Your stress levels will thank you for it.
Turn Your Phone Off Once In Awhile
This might sound counterintuitive to the point above but it’s not. The more you give over to technology, the more freedom you have to disconnect now and then – and you should disconnect now and then.
When you give more tasks over to apps, you’re better equipped to hand over tedious jobs to others. This means, you don’t have to constantly be attached to your phone or inbox with the worry that something will go wrong in your absence. The more you can give access to items, like your office’s schedule, the better off you and your team will be. You won’t have to constantly be on call and they won’t have to be slowed down by relying on you to make changes.
Invest in a Standup Desk (or Timer)
Do you plop down in your office chair for hours on end each day? If so, you could be putting yourself at serious risk. Even if you attempt to reverse this damage by running, you’re still in jeopardy of major cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and even cancer.
To practice better self-care, invest in a standup desk and then use it. Set a timer and force yourself to take frequent breaks at work to stand and move around. If you’re slammed, you can still stand and continue your work at your desk. The goal is to change your posture. By doing so, you improve blood flow, which in turn improves your mental and physical health.
Get in the Habit of Meal Prepping
It’s easy to promise yourself to eat healthier each week, but it’s critical that you take a proactive role in fulfilling this resolution.
Meal prepping for work enables you to plan ahead and keep your plans for healthier eating at lunch. You will have more success at avoiding temptation and better luck at staying on track with your diet. Plus, you’ll save time every morning as you run out the door. It’s a win-win scenario.
No matter what self-care looks like to you, it’s important you put it into practice. Without it, your productivity will plummet and your stress levels will soar. What else are you doing to show yourself more self-care this Valentine’s Day?
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.