Paying attention and attending to our own needs in the present is a powerful way to offset stressors and the general feeling of tension which can sneek up on us during our working day. Here’s a great new habit to start to develop at work. At regular intervals during the day pause for a moment, take a couple of deep breaths and ask yourself:
- How is my day is going?
- How am I feeling right now on a scale of 1 to 10? 1 being not at all stressed 10 being very stressed
- Then ask yourself – is there something I need right now?
For example, a glass of water, a snack, a quick walk, a chat with someone, some deep breathing, a loo break, or to stand up and stretch? Whatever it is take a moment to attend to your needs before getting on with your working day. Paying attention to ourselves in the now, helps us to develop the self awareness that is a cornerstone of good self care.
Automated reminders are great for helping to get new habits in place. Setting the phone to go off each day to remind us to do some self-care is a great way of keeping on track. Commit to one week and see how that works out for you.
Good Luck! and feel free to get touch – Karen@selfcareforcarers.ie