Working 40 hours a week or more can make the days fly by. August has arrived, it feels like Halloween and Christmas is only around the corner. Before you know it it’s 2020. As time passes we realise as we become more enveloped in our jobs. We become more drained, more agitated, and our self-care and love is gone.
In July I realised I had neglected myself and made it a priority to focus on self-care while also working my 40 hour a week job. Therefore, I am here to share my findings and what realistically works for me and hopefully you too.
Have an evening routine.
I find this to be an important part of my daily routine. It usually starts when I arrive home from the gym around 6pm. Having a routine gives you a good grounding base and pause after a busy day.
There are many different types of evening routines and each unique to the individual. Some relaxing activities are:
- Taking a bath
- Making a delicious dinner
- Having a skincare routine
- Something as simple as sitting outside with a cup of tea or glass of wine.
It’s all about figuring out what relaxes you and implementing it into your evening routine.
Do one thing to break up your workday.
It is important to take a step away from your work area at least once a day. Especially if you’re working in a stressful environment. Clearing your head can be the difference between going home feeling drained and stressed or going home feeling content and less agitated. Some ideas are,
Going for a short walk
Making tea or coffee.
Walking around the office to get away from your screen
Having a chat with a colleague.
All these little activities during your workday can really help to give your body and mind a small breather.
Have something to look forward too.
This is a great mental tip if you find yourself negatively getting up in the morning. It’s important to have something to look forward to it can be something big or small.
Mine varies, I look forward to my dinner in the evening, I look forward to a little pamper routine I’m going to create when I get home, I look forward to seeing my friends and catch up after work.
When it comes to the bigger things, I was aiming for my recent holiday in Tenerife and now I’m super excited to be going to Amsterdam in November ready for the Christmas season.
I know some people might not have a holiday booked, but I find the whole trend of ‘living for the weekend’ to be so dire. If you live in this mindset of ‘living for the weekend’ you dread the weekdays and end up dragging through the days so glum and negatively when really we can find the joy and happiness in the smallest things.
I’m looking forward to having some me-time with a cup of tea sitting in the garden this summer, I’m looking forward to having that lovely cool shower after a hot day in the office.
Find joy in the small things and you will find that you have a lot more to look forward too.
Find the positives in your job.
This again comes under the whole ‘Living for the weekend’ trend that is going around. I see many people complaining about their jobs and how much it’s stressing them out or brings them down. In my mind, if someone really didn’t enjoy their job to an extreme extent they would find a way to leave and find one they enjoy.
But, of course, I understand the reason people do stay, the income provides for their family, the job fits into their lifestyle perfectly, there is currently no other jobs going in the area. There are a lot of factors towards it. But, instead of the constant complaining and bringing that negative energy into your life, start thinking of the positives in your job such as:
You get to meet different people and socialise on a daily basis.
Develop your skills
If you actually try and find the positives in your work instead of the negatives. You will find your attitude changes very quickly.
Wake up earlier
This stops you rushing in the morning, waking up an extra half an hour or hour can really set your day off to a great start. That extra hour can be taking a warm relaxing bath, having extra time enjoying your coffee in the morning or even enjoying a filling breakfast. It’s important to have time to yourself in the mornings, it’s a breather before going headfirst into starting your day.
Stress-free days off.
This is one part of self-care that I found hard and still find quite hard. To leave work at work. I would stress and overthink everything, then, in the end, I never felt I had a relaxing day off. So, now I make it a point to leave my work brain at work and focus on myself on my day off. I also try to make it a priority to spend time with loved ones and focusing on the hobbies that bring me joy, to truly enjoy and get the stress-free day off I deserve.
I hope you all enjoyed my tips on how to include self-care when working 9-5. Please share your tips in the comments and how you have implemented self-care into your 9-5 work life.
See you next time.