So if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I hosted my very own (and first!) Wellness event last week! I’m very thankful and grateful for all of the people who helped me put everything together in preparation for the evening. And honestly, one of my biggest takeaways from the events was realizing how many people I have within my community who care and support my endeavors. I can’t even begin to describe how many messages and calls I received leading up to it; and even more, how many humans advertised this event for me! It wasn’t until this year that I realized how I needed a community to support me so I’m able to live my best life.
Wellness in the Workplace
The Signs of Burnout
The night took place the WeWork location in Uptown with the support of amazing vendors from all around Dallas that represent self-care and recovery. My guest for the evening was my good friend and licensed therapist Julianne Schroeder, who kicked off the event sharing her thoughts from a professional counselor perspective on burnout.
She walked us through physical, cognitive, and social signs of burnout some of which included: isolation, heightened anxiety, mood swings, fluctuations in energy, lack of motivation. All of these exist individually, for some they appear more frequent than for others, but when they all begin to snowball and negatively effect your life outside of work in a detrimental manner then you can suspect you’re in the throws of burnout. The importance of Julianne’s message was to become more aware of the signs of burnout so you’re able to put some self-care practices in place to help remedy the situation.
And experiencing burnout does not mean you are a failure or bad at your job. There’s a difference in being productive and efficient and being busy for the sake of being busy. I think it’s important to make that decision because if you are of the over-achieving and people pleasing type (which Julianne mentions that these are some personality characteristics of people who tend to experience burnout the most), then being aware of how you’re feeling and your stress levels are necessary in order to ensure you take care of yourself. So that you can be present to perform your role at full capacity.
Self-Care for Your Workday
And with a quick transition from Julianne, I spoke on what self-care is, what it is not, and how to incorporate a self-care routine into your workday with the help of a Self-Care Tracker.
What is self-care?
Self-care, in it’s simplest definition, means to take care of yourself. It is about incorporating practices, habits, hobbies, and activities into your life that alleviate negative feelings and promote a positive mental and physical health space. Let me expound on what “alleviate negative feelings” means…because in the bigger picture, I believe that Self-Care is here for us to solve for something – to heal a piece of ourselves that is suffering. Suffering is different for everyone; it can be related to work, family, relationships, friendships, lack of connection…anything. And just as suffering manifests itself differently from person to person, ones self-care routine should also be custom.
What self-care is not?
Self-care is not a bunch of expensive outings and products that we need to add into our daily routine in order to feel better. I say this even though I very much enjoy a great bath with epsom salts and essential oils, a foot or full body massage, etc. I like the nice things too, BUT I make sure to be mindful when I’m in partaking in those activities.
If I’m scrolling on my phone in the bath, then am I really helping myself “feel stress free”? And same goes for a massage: it defeats the purpose if I’m relaxed during but then go right back into my agenda for the day. Sometimes the media portrays self-care as all of these things or is telling you that you need to purchase something when in reality you don’t. Because self-care can be many things that are both cost-effective and readily available to you; we’ll explore what those are in a bit 🙂
- Ask yourself “what part of my work day/job/career is causing significant stress for me?” and see where your train of thought takes you. I encourage you to write down what comes to mind; it can be in sentences or bullet form but dedicate 2-3 minutes focusing on this. Not too much time to where it begins to consume your mind, but just enough time to truly identify what negative feelings you have towards work come to mind right at the beginning.
- Then, pick a few self-care activities that you believe could help solve those problems on a small scale. Remember, we can’t alleviate stress in a day but if you begin to make small changes into your daily grind that promote a healthier mental health lifestyle, then over time you’ll see your mood lift, your interactions with others become more positive, you’ll express less irritability, etc.
- From those self-care activities, you’ll use the tracker (or your planner) to assign which activities you want to use on what workdays and when in your schedule.
- ie: Monday thru Friday I’m going to listen to my favorite podcast during my commute that isn’t related to work
- ie: on Thursday, I’ll take a 15 minute break to spend some time outside, or go on a walk; something to get myself away from my workspace
- ie: I’ll workout on Wednesday, either before or after my workday
- ie: plan a girls dinner on a Tuesday for Friday night so I have something to fun to do (planning) beforehand and the day of (party!)
- And start practicing some self-care at work!
If you’re interested in learning more or would like access to the material from the evening, please sign up for emails and you will receive a copy of the burnout and self-care worksheets from the event. And sign up for emails to stay up to date on any future workshops that take place in the community!
Lots of love,