Self-care is not something we put on the fore-front of our agenda, with the rise of mental health awareness looking after ourselves is something we should all be more considerate of. Not taking time for ourselves cannot only impact our mental wellbeing but our productivity in the workplace. By following these self-care tips, you’ll be able to look after your mental health but also stay focused at work and lead a happier more productive life.

Sleep Early

Countless studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can be linked to serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and heart attacks. But getting an early night can help your brains cognitive function and is essential for day to day problem solving. Allowing yourself enough time to rest after a long day is one of the easiest forms of self-care, which means you’ll wake up early and feel more productive to start your day.

Calendar Planner

Writing things down seems simple enough, but there’s nothing worse than sitting at your desk and forgetting what Karen from HR asked you to do 2 hours ago. When you arrive at the office make a to-do list of your days task, the satisfaction you feel once you’ve crossed them off will make you feel productive and proud of yourself. Keeping yourself organised allows your brain to be able to process tasks in a less stressful way.

Live Your Life Now

As humans we often think about things we could’ve done differently but we should stop living in the past. By focusing on the present will help you become happier and enjoy life more, which will help you lead a more productive lifestyle.

Keep a Journal

You can start your day with a to-do list, but documenting what you done that day by keeping a journal is a great way to unwind and reflect on your achievements and what went wrong that day. In order to grow at a person it’s important to understand how you can improve.

Wake Up Early

The temptation to hit snooze on your alarm is irresistible, but waking up early and allowing yourself enough time to wake up and be prepared for the day is even better. Wake up half an hour earlier, take some time to sit outside, read a book, listen to music and then get ready for your day. Starting your day off calmly and not in a rush will make for a less stressful day.

Say No

Saying no can be difficult but just remember it doesn’t make you a bad person. Over working yourself is not worth the stress and overwhelming feeling it can cause. Be honest with people by saying you’ve got a lot going on, you’re allowed to take time for yourself!

Deep Breathing

The oldest forms of meditation focus on breathing, certain breathing techniques can be used in stressful situations such as child birth. By taking a few minutes out of your days to control your breathing and your mind can allow your brain to refocus and feel more grounded and calm.