Frankly, whether you are the owner and hands-on manager of your own business or you are working your way up the greasy pole of leadership within a large company, looking after yourself (both physically and emotionally) can sometimes be more than a little difficult.
To help you readdress the balance and ensure you are taking care of your mental health and wellbeing (as well as protecting your body as much as possible from illness and injury), continue reading for some excellent self-care tips for busy professionals.
Strive for a Good Night’s Sleep
If you have ever thought that your pet spends most of their time asleep during the day, there is a reason why they ensure they get a quality and long session of sleep and rest each and every day: their instincts are telling them that they need time to recharge.
There are so many negative effects, both to your emotional wellbeing and your physical wellbeing, associated with a lack of sleep, which is why one of the best ways to take care of yourself is to draw a line when finishing work and make sure you go to bed early.
Optimize Your Technology
Efficiency is also a key element of ensuring you do not spend your evenings and weekends catching up on administrative work which you should have got done during your working hours; so when working from home, make sure you upgrade to fiber internet, and what is more, design a home office that is conducive to work.
Make sure that the technology, software, and computers themselves utilized within your core business model (or at home, should you be based there) are all running efficiently.
Teach Yourself Ways of Relieving Stress
The impact that high amounts of stress can have on both your personal and professional life can never be overstated, and as such, even if you, on the surface, do not consider yourself to be stressed, your body could be trying to tell you otherwise.
Effective ways of managing stress levels include:
- Engaging in short bouts of physical stress
- Communicating more effectively at work and at home
- Practicing mindfulness in your everyday life
- Streamlining your ‘to-do’ list
- Deep breathing techniques
- Walking outdoors in nature when you can
Socialize with Your Friends and Family
When under the pump at work and you seem to be constantly chasing your tail rather than completing and signing off on projects ahead of time, the last thing you want to do when you finish for the day is to head out for a catch-up with the in-laws.
Now, nobody would suggest, in an effort to improve how you take care of yourself on a daily basis, that the answer is to fill all your spare time with social events; but staying connected with your loved ones (even during busy periods of your life) can actually help you.
If nothing else, hearing about other people’s professional and personal lives will inject a fresh perspective into how you are thinking about and dealing with your own issues—and, of course, a problem shared is always a problem halved.