Self care – taking care of number one – me! This is not something that comes easily but is absolutely essential for both personal and professional wellbeing. In fact, the more senior the role the more important to have a self care strategy in place as in today’s electronic age it is too easy to always be ‘on’ with the expectation that emails are checked and mobile phones answered at all times.
At management level we are faced with tough decision making and coping with the heavy demands that go with expectations of senior roles which frequently includes a tightened budget that often means less human resources to tackle tasks which leads to longer hours. It is easy to become bogged down with a heavy work load and forget to make time to smell the roses.
Having a self care plan in place is essential to maintaining wellbeing. For me it means setting boundaries which include:
- Only a few people have my personal mobile number and that is the only one which I answer once I sign off for the day
- I try to take an early morning walk each day – this is my thinking time as well as an opportunity to repeat affirmations and connect with nature.
- If I happen to sleep in (and that’s okay too) I still take the time for affirmations that set me up for the day
- On a regular basis I book out for a couple of hours of ‘me time’- no friends, no family – just me!
- About every 6 weeks I allow myself a couple of day where I just do what I want to do as opposed to what I have to do. This usually involves sleeping in late, sitting around in my pj’s reading, meeting good friends, eating what I want and when I feel like it.
Self care techniques need to be embedded into our working lives and it is worth spending a little time thinking about which strategies work best for you. We are all different and there is no one size fits all but the one thing that is common to us all is the fact that unless we practise self care we will not thrive and function at optimum levels. Learning to say no is also a very large part of successful self care. I will be expanding on this and other aspects of self care in further articles.
Love to hear what kind of self care techniques others are using….