From Markey's Heart

Set Aside Time to Breathe

Women who are seeking a higher level of success can often get overwhelmed. This is where a healthy amount of self-care can be paramount to achieving that success.

Self-care refers to activities and practices that increase energy, lower stress levels, and contribute to overall health and well-being. It may seem indulgent, but it's actually essential for both physical and mental well-being, and certainly for professional women who want to keep balance and sanity in their lives.

Let's explore all of the ways self-care at work can prevent burnout.

Pamper Yourself

Pampering yourself shouldn't just be for special events like birthdays and anniversaries; it should become part of your everyday routine to help relax and de-stress.

 Working women often juggle multiple responsibilities at once: careers and raising children may need to coexist, single parents can have chaotic schedules, while some have stepmom or dog mom roles to fulfill. Whatever their situation, professional women must remember to take care of themselves so they can be their best selves in the workplace. 

Pampering yourself doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Even if frequent trips to a nail salon are beyond your budget, you can still treat yourself by taking long showers or giving yourself manicures at home. Setting a timer every hour so you have an opportunity to stretch your legs and move around is another effective way of pampering yourself during a drawn-out workday.

Clear Your Mind

Clearing the mind may not seem like a form of self-care, but it's actually proven effective at improving concentration and relieving stress. Similar to how athletes train for their sport - by consistently practicing specific behaviors that will prepare them to overcome challenges when they arise.

Professional women working in the office can ease their minds by taking frequent short breaks throughout their workday to stand up and move around. Listening to a favorite playlist, or to a podcast can help to reduce stress levels. It can do wonders for the body and mind.

Making a list of your accomplishments can also be useful; this will remind you that progress has been made and not simply waiting for another crisis to emerge or a challenging hurdle to overcome. Consulting your therapist about ways that self-care techniques may help manage future work challenges is also highly recommended as they can assist with creating an action plan to prevent becoming overwhelmed

Make Time for Rest and Relaxation

Professional women often feel overwhelmed by their work responsibilities. Whether you are a single mom, stepmom or the main breadwinner in your household, work stress can take a significant toll on both body and mind. Ensuring your core needs are met will allow you to better focus on work - such as prioritizing sleep or declining meetings that don't fit with your schedule. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness practices may all be effective ways of relieving anxiety at the office.

Rest and relaxation are crucial components of self-care; without it, burnout becomes all-too-real and health is compromised. Physicians, athletes, and philosophers all agree: in order to be productive, your mind needs time off to recharge itself. A day trip or staycation may provide exactly the change of scenery your mind needs to rejuvenate.

Communicate Your Needs

As a professional woman looking to rise in the ranks, it can be tempting to prioritize others over yourself - yet this approach won't serve your long-term needs

Effective communication of your needs is an integral part of work life. From discussing work-life balance with your superiors to devising new coping mechanisms after facing stressful work crises, taking steps now can help prevent burnout later.

Self-care goes far beyond spa days and vacation days; it encompasses any activity that contributes to overall well-being, whether physical, emotional, or mental. From maintaining good exercise and sleep habits to spending quality time with friends and family - self-care will help you remain resilient in stressful situations while potentially warding off mental illnesses from developing.

XO Dr. Markey

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