In today’s world the term “self care” can lead us in all crazy directions. Directions such as taking a bath in the evening, or drinking tea in a quiet area. While all of those are great and relaxing, sometimes they just aren’t possible. Especially when we are working hard all day and then come home to a house full of other responsibilities. Here are some tips on creating a positive workplace that encourages wellness.
Set the tone for the environment you want to create
As the owner/manager/founder/CEO or whatever position you are in, make sure to set the tone of your company in regards to how you want people to handle stress. If you portray an attitude of go, go, go with no rest then, sadly, burn-out will start to creep into the work environment. If you allow for breaks, fun, deep breaths, silly conversations before a meeting starts etc. then the environment will be much healthier.
Make sure to rest before you invest
It is a good idea to take a pause before making a big financial or business decision. I find that I always make better decisions after I sleep on it for a night or two. The same goes for big decisions at work, make sure to rest before you invest in a big new purchase or idea that could have implications on your company.
Celebrate an environment of people who take pride in being well
There were times in life that I would get to work for a company that rewarded “wellness hours,” which were hours spent outside working hours that I did something healthy. It really encouraged me to take the extra yoga class, or go for a bike ride so I could write it down on my “wellness hours.” You don’t have to be a company that gives out a reward for doing this, but having a mindset of wellness will really make a difference! This could look like encouraging employees to take a walk on their lunch break, or making sure they take their 2 15-minute breaks during the day to get water and have a mental break.
An environment of healthy employees is an environment of happy employees, and I know we all want that!