I know, I know. You have zero time for anything during busy season. You’re spread thin, and are being pulled left, right, and center. But just because you’re spending more time than ever in the office doesn’t mean that you can completely forget to look after yourself before you help others.
Here are seven ways you can make sure you’re still prioritizing you and getting a little self care in during busy season.
1. Take 5 minutes in the morning.
Maybe while you’re brushing your teeth or in the shower, and think of all of the things you’re grateful for. Some days are easier than others to find what you’re most thankful for. Some days it’s just the little things like running water, having electricity and maybe grabbing the last bagel in the break room!
2. Find ways to laugh every day.
You can find all kinds of comedy on demand these days, so why not use your commute to have a few giggles?
3. Drink more water.
Not only is it good to stay hydrated, but frequent potty breaks mean you can get up and walk around for a few seconds. Sometimes walking away from the project helps you find clarity and refocus, especially if it’s been a long day.
4. Schedule at least one day a month with somebody who matters.
It can be yourself, a friend, or maybe a family member. Turn off your phone and really be present and enjoy the moment.
5. Find a calming activity that suits you and your lifestyle.
This can be anything from coloring, to yoga, or taking time to get some fresh air and be outside. You’d be amazed at how one therapeutic act can help break up your day.
6. Get exercise in when you can.
While exercising and going to the gym is a terrific outlet for stress, many times we feel like we aren’t doing enough if we don’t work out for 45 minutes to an hour. Don’t stress about working out too much. Park a little further away from the clients office and enjoy the walk or take a little longer path around the office to get to the water cooler or you can just take the stairs.
7. Remember that everyone has bad days.
If your day feels like it’s all going downhill, and difficult colleagues or clients aren’t helping – try to keep it in perspective. Tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity for more positive interactions with clients and colleagues. When you’re extremely busy, it’s easy to over-analyze and make a tough situation feel worse in our own minds.