How to Promote Self-Care at the Office

When you think of “self-care,” you probably get a mental image of lying on a massage table or sipping spring water at a spa. Self-care is much more than pampering yourself, although that can certainly be a part of it. Self-care is meeting your physical, mental, and emotional needs

on a regular basis. Considering that you spend a good portion of your day at the office, it makes sense that self-care should be part of your routine there too. We have some tips on how you can take care of yourself while excelling in your professional life. 

Personalize your space

Your personal workspace may be an office, cubical, or work station in an open floor plan. No matter the layout, you have the opportunity to personalize your space in small ways. Some workplaces allow for family pictures, personalized office decor, and your own furniture. If that’s the case, make your office reflect your personal tastes within the guidelines offered by your employer. In these circumstances, everyone who walks into your office should feel your personality when they enter. 

For those whose personal space is more limited, you’ve got options too. Small family photos, a succulent next to your work station, or even your own office supplies in colors and hues that you like are ways to customize your workspace. A personalized space feels comfortable and welcoming. Your work environment may be tense or stressful, but small touches can give your motivation and strength throughout the day.

Take in some green

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that a 40-second view of green space such as a rooftop garden restored workers’ concentration and attention. Other studies have found that time spent in nature can decrease activity in the part of the brain responsible for depressive thoughts. And, who hasn’t felt refreshed after a walk outside? 

The outdoors, green space, and nature are an important part of human health. You need that during your workday. Take a walk outside on your break, add a plant to your desk, or ask your employer if you can hang artwork depicting natural scenes above the coffeemaker. But, make sure you get a touch of nature every day.

Streamline your desk and work

We’re not all organized workers, but there’s something to be said for decluttering. Clutter can increase feelings of stress. If you’re losing files or paperwork, it could be slowing down your productivity too. 

Go through mail as soon as it lands on your desk. Look for ways to streamline your workflow too. Are there processes you could automate or is there a template you can make to speed up your process? Clearing your desk will help clear your mind, which is a part of daily self-care.

Fuel your body

Self-care is also meeting your body’s basic needs. Fuel your body with nutritional foods while you’re at work. Lean protein, vegetables, and fruit should make up the bulk of your meals. Opt for whole grains, and go light on the sugar. Be mindful when you’re at a business lunch that you’re filling yourself with foods that energize rather than make you drowsy.

Make it stick

Self-care can, and should, become part of your normal routine. Step back and look at your workday. What can you change today that would boost your mood, energize your productivity, and enhance your creativity? Small things like plants or a five-minute walk outside could make a world of difference in how you feel at the end of the day.


Heather Viera - FamilyLivingToday.com

Heather Viera is a lifestyle expert and researcher for FamilyLivingToday.com. She is dedicated to achieving a balanced lifestyle, even with two small children and a full-time career. In the little free time she has, she enjoys hiking with her partner and taking her dog to the beach.