Self-Care Will Help You and Your Career
There are many keys to success in career growth. Consistency, discipline, and a willingness to go above and beyond are crucial. But, if you’re always focusing on getting ahead, you could be foregoing the one thing that could help you the most—self-care.
“Living in a world of ‘always on’ culture can wreak havoc on you physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” Amy Blaschka says in Forbes. “Constantly grinding leads to burnout, anxiety, and stress-related illnesses.”
That’s why self-care is important. Blaschka offers five ways to incorporate self-care in your daily life.
Dispel the myth that self-care is selfish (It is, but not in the way you think)
Ask any flight attendant: you must help yourself before you help others.
“Being proactive and intentional with your self-care means that you prioritize your well-being,” Blaschka explains.
And when you do that, you are at your full capacity to do good work.
“It means that you’ll show up fully energized and as the best version of you, ready to tackle challenges and to help others without sacrificing your sanity or health in the process.”
Self-compassion doesn’t mean pity; it means treating yourself in the ways you’d treat others.
“This means being kind and caring toward yourself rather than harshly self-critical and framing failures as opportunities to learn,” Blaschka says. “When you practice self-compassion, you shift your perspective to view progress, not perfection, as what’s most important.”
Use your words
The words you say to yourself matter just as much as those you say to your colleagues.
Do not practice negative self-talk. Make sure to articulate to yourself and others what you need.
Protect your time
Manage your time and your calendar to allow space for quiet and self-reflection.
“Protecting your time also means understanding who and what in your environment boosts or drains your energy so you can increase or decrease your exposure to those elements,” Blaschka says.
It’s not just about getting enough sleep. You need to make sure you are supplying your body with the essentials to succeed. Listen to what your body is telling you.
“Nourish your body with proper rest, relaxation, nutrition, and movement. Enrich your mind with educational and uplifting podcasts, books, TED talks, articles, and videos,” Blaschka recommends. “Recharge your spirit through meditation, prayer, and reflection, by spending time in nature, and by visiting with friends and loved ones.”