Self-Care at Work

Self-Care at Work

Did you know? On average, a person spends more than one-third of their day, 5 days a week, at work!

Self-care is important to weave throughout the day, including at work. Take a little time throughout the day to prioritize yourself.

It can:

  • Help reduce stress
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Help you maintain a healthy lifestyle

The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of Wellness.  These dimensions are interconnected and focusing on all areas of wellness can help us achieve our full potential.

Prioritize Worksite Wellness 

Try these ideas to boost your wellness level for each dimension:

Emotional & Mental Well-Being

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Get in the zone with a positive state of mind. 

The emotional health dimension means you’re feeling good in your mind and your body. You feel safe and able to cope, with a sense of connection with people and your community.

Try this: 

  • Ask for help
  • Practice deep breathing for at least 5 minutes each day
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
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Intellectual Well-Being

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Your mind needs exercise, too! Flex your brain.

The intellectual dimension recognizes the need to expand your knowledge, skills, and creative abilities.

Try this:

  • Boost learning and read or listen to a podcast
  • Enhance productivity and write a daily to-do list 
  • Organize your workspace
  • Complete a task you have been putting off
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Physical Well-Being

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Healthy lifestyle helps balance body, mind, and spirit.

The physical dimension includes lifestyle and behavior choices to ensure health, avoid preventable diseases, and to live in a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit.

Try this:

  • Take an activity break every hour and go for a walk, stretch, or take the stairs
  • Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water
  • Pack a healthy lunch that includes ½ cup fruit and ½ cup vegetables
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Social Well-Being

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It feels good to contribute and belong.

The social dimension encourages building connections to your environment and community, and helping out in society.

Try this:

  • Make time to meet a new person at the workplace
  • Attend workplace social events and connect with colleagues
  • Do something nice for a coworker such as sharing your appreciation for them
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Financial Well-Being

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Tackle financial stress by taking responsible steps toward future goals.

The financial dimension helps make sure that you can meet your current and ongoing financial obligations. It ensures that you’re secure in your financial future and are able to make choices that allow you to enjoy life.

Try this:

  • Track daily spending
  • Plan for retirement by exploring investment and savings opportunities
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Resources that Support Self-Care

Emotional

Intellectual

Physical

  • HealthySD – Provides information, inspiration, and tips on nutrition, physical activity, and health and wellness for all South Dakotans.
  • SDSU Extension Access SDSU Extension’s team of nutritionists and dietitians to learn about healthy and balanced nutrition, as well as programs and resources to help support good nutrition.
  • Better Choices, Better Health Offers chronic disease self-management education workshops that are designed to help adults living with ongoing physical and/or mental health conditions and caregivers understand how healthier choices can improve quality of life, boost self-confidence, and inspire positive lifestyle changes
  • 211 Helpline Center, Community Resources Volunteer or find help with food, clothing, shelter, education, employment, transportation, healthcare, mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, support groups or legal assistance. 
  • American Heart Association – Recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. Find out how to keep your heart healthy and stay hydrated.

Social

  • National Institutes of Health – Provides a Social Wellness Toolkit outlining six strategies for improving your social health in English & Spanish. 
  • 211 Helpline Center, Community Resources Volunteer or find help with food, clothing, shelter, education, employment, transportation, healthcare, mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, support groups or legal assistance.

Financial

Download and share the self-care at work infographic that outlines helpful tips on how to prioritize self-care at work:

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For more information about Worksite Wellness initiatives in South Dakota, contact us.

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Workplace Health Model
  2. National Wellness Institute, The Six Dimensions of Wellness