As we turn the page to a new year, it’s as good a time as any to focus on self-care and overall wellness. The term self-care has often been synonymous with Eastern medicine practices like yoga, meditation and reiki, or taking a trip to the spa or healing retreat. For many people, that may not be attainable. But there are some simple and easy ways to incorporate self-care every day, even while you’re at work.
The Journal of Counseling Psychology defines self-care as a “multi-dimension, multi-faceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.”
In the simplest terms, it’s an intentional that benefits your mental or emotional health. Self-care is whatever you want it to be. That may be going for a walk with your dog, unwinding with a bubble bath or good book, or just getting extra sleep.
Self-Care at Work
There are only so many hours in the day and many of those are spent at our jobs. Incorporating wellness into your daily routine can be beneficial.
According to popular job search site Indeed, ”practicing self-care at work is an important part of combatting feelings of stress or burnout.”
They recommend the following ways to add little moments of self-care throughout the day.
- Pack a healthy and nutritious lunch.
- Take breaks outside.
- Drink more water.
- Socialize with coworkers.
- Request time off when needed.
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Decorate your desk or personalize your workspace.
- Learn to be present in the moment.
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Another thing that feeds the soul? Bonding with the residents. Take time to hear their stories and listen to their concerns. Go for a walk around the building, sit outside with them and soak up some vitamin D, or play a quick game of cards.
A Harvard Business Review study found that organizations can’t function effectively with “struggling and suffering workers.” Workers want to feel like their companies care about them and support them financially, emotionally and mentally.
About Advena Healthcare Staffing
At AHS, we want our employees to feel valued and supported.
That’s why we provide resources for support and guidance through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It’s a confidential counseling program available to staff and their families.
EAP services can help the following:
- Life improvement and goal setting
- Stress and anxiety with work or life
- Financial or legal concerns
- Emotional wellbeing
- Family or relationship issues
Advena Healthcare Staffing is dedicated to helping hospitals, health centers, long-term care and assisted living communities staff open needs throughout Kansas.
To learn how you can join our team, click here or call Jennifer, our Director of Staffing and Client Relations, at (785) 789-3944.