Self-Care and Workplace Success

Self-Care and Workplace Success

This month we explore the importance of self-care for optimal health and well-being.

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Self-Care Science Webinar

Brought to you by The Workshop Lab, Acacia Connection’s specialist workplace training provider. Join the conversation about the science of Self-Care and explore the different mindsets that get in the way of self-care and how you can overcome them.

Date: Monday, 20th May at 11am - 12 noon (1 hr)

(Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne time)

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What is Self-Care?

Self-care is any activity we deliberately do to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.

We can’t always control what life throws at us. Stressors, like losing someone close to you or being made redundant, can be sudden, unexpected and uncontrollable. However, we are in control of how we respond to these stressors and the impact they have on us.

When stress levels become high, if we are not looking after ourselves we are more likely to be reactive to this stress and act in ways we don’t want to. Sometimes we might turn to alcohol, eat irregular meals lacking in nutrition, stop exercising or withdraw from family and friends. Although these might work in the immediate short-term, they often make our stress worse in the long-term and we enter a negative cycle. Left unmanaged, this cycle can often lead to physical or mental health difficulties and leaves us feeling unfulfilled in our lives.

However, if you invest in yourself, when stressors enter your life you are able to be less reactive and more resilient. Instead of surviving, a regular self-care practice can help you feel you are thriving, allowing you to feel more in control of how you respond to this stress and who you are in the face of this adversity.

The Benefits of Self Care

Research has found multiple, wide-reaching benefits of a regular self-care practice. Self-care has been linked to:

These can be flipped in good situations, which optimists generally see as permanent, pervasive and personal and pessimists see as temporary, specific and externally caused. 

Is Self-Care Selfish?

A common block to people carrying out self-care is the worry that looking after yourself means you are selfish or narcissistic. Those who look after others as carers, whether professionally or personally, are particularly at risk of burnout. This is because carers often don’t carry out self-care, feeling guilty if they do and worried it makes them bad carers.

Self-care can be the least selfish thing you can do!

By looking after yourself, you are more able to have more energy for looking after others, less likely to need to draw on others in a crisis, and more able to be the best version of you for the people around you. Research has found that self-care actually improves people’s relationships with others as you are more likely to have positive interactions with others if you invest in yourself.

However, this can be a challenging concept for people to adjust to. Here are some great analogies to explain the benefits of self-care either to yourself when doubt creeps up, or to others if they are resistant to your self-care.

Great Self-Care Analogies

The Phone Charging Analogy

Every night you put your phone on charge so that it can work the next day. If you don’t plug it in, it will either not function properly in low battery mode, or it will run out of energy completely. Self-care is the charger here and the phone is you. Just like you plug in your phone, you need to carry out self-care every day to energise yourself, and make sure you are able to perform the way you want to the next day.

The Oxygen Mask Analogy

On airplanes, you are always told to put your own oxygen masks on in an emergency before others, even your children. This is because if you don’t look after yourself, you might run out of oxygen and not be able to help those important to you. Self-care is the same, if you don’t look after yourself you won’t be able to look after others.

How to Carry out Effective Self Care: A Holistic Approach

In order to carry out effective self-care, it is important to invest in the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental spheres of your life to ensure that you are looking after all parts of you.

Ideas for Looking After Your Self-Care

Emotional Self-Care

Mental Self-Care:

Spiritual Self-Care:

Social Self-Care:

Social Self-Care:

Where do I start?

This can seem a little overwhelming at first as lots of people don’t do anything for themselves in the day.

Here are a few ways to help you get started:

Remember, there is no set self-care formula that suits everyone. It is important to experiment and discover what works for you. 

By looking at self-care holistically, addressing the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental spheres of our lives, we are able to more effectively look after ourselves, boost our resilience levels, improve out physical and mental health, and thrive in our lives. Remind yourself how looking after you benefits not only you, but all the people around you.  

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