I’m so excited to have a guest post from The Naked Dyke. For those who aren’t familiar, The Naked Dyke focuses on addressing issues like effective self-care tips and managing your mental health. Today, she has written an important and inspiring post about how to take care of yourself during one of the most stressful times of day–work.
Ah, what a loaded subject. Work is the highest contributor to stress, with one in three people stating that their work life was either very or quite stressful. Work stress affects more people than even money or health problems. That’s a pretty scary figure, especially when it relates to mental health.
Mental health is still the biggest social taboo, even though it affects one in four people in the UK. ONE in FOUR. People are still discriminated against, and some even lose their jobs because of it. With all this in mind, is there anything that can be done? The answer is yes, of course there is.
I cannot stress the importance of self-care enough. You can’t always change the stress at work, but looking after yourself can help a lot. Self-care comes in many forms. It can be as simple as having a box of your favourite tea at your desk for when you need it, or having your favourite hand moisturiser on hand. Find out what ticks your boxes and what makes you happy, and then find ways of incorporating it in your day. Change your screensaver to something that inspires you, have pictures of your friends or pets on your desk, listen to music or even keep a plant on your desk. Whatever you need to help ground you when everything is difficult.
We are very lucky in the UK that there are laws that protect your rights at work, especially when it comes to breaks. And let me tell you, having a break has been the difference between breaking down and being able to keep chugging on. Take your breaks, take your breaks, TAKE YOUR BREAKS. I cannot stress this enough. Get out of your chair (or out of your workplace) and take in some fresh air, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It can work wonders.
Although it can be hard, it’s good to look after yourself outside of work too. Again, that can mean a lot of things, and is completely dependent on what you need. This could mean exercise, eating healthy, playing games, cleaning, sewing, crocheting, catching up with friends or pretty much anything you can think of. As long as it makes you happy and helps you to cope with stress.
If you’re not struggling, you may well know someone who is, especially if you look at the statistics. I know that when I was struggling all I wanted and sometimes needed was for someone to ask me how I was, and mean it. It’s a small gesture, but it helps people feel like they’re not alone and it can mean so much more than you’d ever think.
Believe me when I say, you can do this. But if you feel like you’re at the end of your rope and need someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans (08457 909090). They are available 24 hours a day, and they provide a completely non-judgmental service.
Good luck, and love and squeezes,
The Naked Dyke
A big thanks to The Naked Dyke for taking the time to write this post!
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