While you might be more accustomed to our posts focusing on the built environment, this post is about self-care and resilience at the personal level. We recently hit some major milestones in the U.S. – the CDC announced that over half of all American adults have received at least one vaccine shot and the Pfizer vaccine is now recommended for children 12 years and older. This is great news after more than a year of the pandemic, however, the effects of the pandemic will be felt long after things return to “normal” – whatever that means.
The pandemic has added stress to many people’s lives, and that stress inevitably has implications for the way we work. In fact, employees suffering from high levels of consistent stress are at a greater risk for burnout, increased absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher turnover. And while Paladino is well-versed in the benefits of a good corporate culture and how to implement wellness practices at your business, we also recognize that on an individual level, we each have the power to improve our emotional and physical health.
With that in mind, it’s important that we each set intentions around self-care, connection, and resilience. This will not look the same for everyone, but it is recommended to try at least one technique on a regular basis – i.e. meditating once is good, but a daily 5-10 minute meditation practice is better! You get the gist.
So, whether you are in a leadership role and need some self-care suggestions for your team, or are seeking out solutions for your own pandemic hangover, here are some self-care ideas to get you started!
Self-care has become such a buzzword that it sometimes feels as though it’s lost its meaning. At the heart of self-care is the idea that we must be deliberate about taking care of ourselves – especially when we have the responsibility of taking care of others. These self-care ideas might look familiar, and they go a long way in helping to support your physical and mental well-being. Some recommendations include:
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
- Make time for a hobby or activity you enjoy during time off from work.
- Take breaks from work to stretch, exercise, or check in with coworkers, family, and friends.
- Practice mindfulness techniques.
- Spend time outside, either relaxing or participating in physical activities.
- Set a regular time to end your work for the day, if possible.
It comes as no surprise that social interactions with coworkers have changed since the start of the pandemic. Moments of organic connection are not as frequent as when we were in the office, and communication is mostly virtual. Here are some recommendations:
- Take a moment to engage with your peers about something not work-related. This can be via email, chat, LinkedIn, etc. Maybe you tried a new recipe, saw a funny meme, or have a hobby you want to share with the team – whatever you are interested in, your team will love hearing about it!
- Let people know they matter by acknowledging your peers via the same forms of communication. Here at Paladino, we post messages of appreciation in Microsoft Teams and on a company-wide chat board. That way, the whole team can get involved and see every little (or big!) moment of success. It really can be anything – big or small!
- Catch up with a colleague you don’t talk to very often – or at all. Reach out to someone for no reason other than to say hello.
Resilience, or the ability to “bounce back” after a crisis, is not something we are born with, but there are ways to cultivate it:
- Normalize your response to the challenges of a global pandemic, i.e. remind yourself that it is okay if you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, isolated, etc.
- Do not hesitate to lean on your support systems and speak up if you need some help.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Increase your sense of control by developing a daily routine and, if possible, have that routine mimic your schedule before the pandemic.
- Build a practice around some of the tips listed above or find alternatives that work for you. Consistency is key.
I hope you find these tips useful! Do not forget to check in with yourself and your peers periodically. We are all in this together 😊
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