Here is some bad news for workaholics: If you keep running yourself-your body, mind, and spirit-into the ground all in the name of productivity, you will burn out at some point. It’s inevitable. This is why if you want to keep being present for your family and friends as well as fruitful at work and in your other responsibilities, you need to learn how to care for your entire being first and foremost.
One is only as productive as their health allows them to be. Here are some ways you can weave self-care into a busy work week or workday.
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- The anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe body aches of all kinds-headaches, tummy aches, back pain, muscle pain, and others. The peppermint variant, in particular, is best for relieving muscle aches.
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Do not underestimate the power of a high-quality essential oil to make you feel better after a long, stressful day at work. Change your sheets, light some candles, lay down comfortably, and rub a few drops of these products on your temples. Even the simple act of inhaling their scent can make a world of difference.
Take time out to do something you enjoy
When was the last time you allowed yourself to indulge in your hobbies? If you can’t remember the last time you went on a hike, took some gorgeous pictures, or explored cozy cafes, now is the best time to explore things that interest you and make you happy. If you must find a hobby for self-care, though, make sure it’s productive and helpful to you. For example, drinking and smoking more may be hobbies for some people. They may help you cope with stress, but ultimately, they are only doing your entire being more harm than good.
If you truly want to give yourself the care you deserve, you need to find hobbies that are good for you. Here are some examples:
- How about becoming a plant parent? There is scientific evidence that being in green environments is good for one’s health. So if you are someone who enjoys nurturing living things and watching them grow but don’t want to have a pet, caring for some potted plants or growing a garden might be a safer alternative.
- If you have a knack for being friendly and sociable, why not consider volunteering, especially if the number of COVID-19 cases in your area isn’t that high? Some animal shelters or a soup kitchen for people experiencing homelessness will need an extra set of hands. Check non-profit organizations in your area and see which advocacy will speak to you. Find ways to help out.
- Another healthy activity or hobby you can try is getting into a new sport or physical activity like hiking.
Surround yourself with good people
Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud said, “We cause much of our pain by the people we choose.” And it’s true: If you care about your well-being-your mind, body, heart, and spirit-you need to surround yourself with safe and good people. Safety in relationships can look like:
- Feeling free enough to be vulnerable and honest because we know the other person will never judge us
- Knowing our friends will never steer us in the wrong direction
- Having honest in the relationship so that we can correct each other without being defensive or putting up walls
If you only have safe people as friends in your core relationships, you eliminate so much unnecessary pain and stress in your life.
If you truly want to live a long and happy life, you need to know how to care for your entire being. Weave these helpful self-care practices into your everyday life for your own sake and that of the people in your life. This way, you can experience a better tomorrow.