Five easy ways to practice self-care at work

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1. Check in with one another

The simplest advice is for people to check in with each other, start meetings by actually asking how people are before diving into the agenda. It will be a good barometer for how the meeting might go.

2. Don’t eat at your desk

And while most of us are used to grabbing a quick sandwich and eating it in front of our computers, this is something to avoid. Overall, the average lunch hour has decreased to just 22 minutes since 2012, research by UKactive has found, which contributes to poor productivity. Do not have lunch at your desk. Plan a 20-min walk in the area around the school and post it on notice boards and encourage people to take ‘welfare walks’.

3. Manage your screen time

We check our phones every 12 minutes on average, according to a 2018 report, with many of us spending long periods of time checking emails, answering messages or browsing social media apps. But being connected 24/7 can make it difficult to switch off from work. Switch your work phone or emails off at a set time. Use the out-of-office message if need be. And stop using your phone as an alarm clock.

4. Think about your food and drink

It’s all too easy to get through multiple cups of coffee without giving it a second thought, until the caffeine-induced anxiety sets in. Likewise, picking at biscuits or cake in the office kitchen can impact our health and wellbeing without us realising. Eating well is essential, as is going for regular exercise.

5. Promote positive behaviour

Walk the Talk. If you are a line-manager you need to model positive behaviour. If you are sending emails at 11.00pm or having lunch at your desk it undermines any and every wellbeing policy you may have. Being aware of how you use your energy in the workplace as a whole is important – if for example you are involved in negative conversations in the office as soon as you start the working day, a big proportion of your energy may already be used up before starting the day. Being mindful of how your energy is used throughout the day will help you to manage your stress levels.

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