By: Christina Nguyen
This pandemic has understandably led to worsened mental health for millions of Americans. One reason is likely due to the lack of regular social interaction, which we’ve mentioned in our last blog is a major bummer of working from home for some of us. Of course, there’s also the uncertainty and anxiety due to the unprecedented nature of these events.
Self-care is vital to keeping yourself in tip-top shape mentally and physically. Now is undoubtedly a critical time to meditate, eat healthy, work out (at home), and perform whatever exercises are beneficial for your motivation and vitality.
However, your self-care shouldn’t just be towards yourself, but also to your employees! How you treat them will impact their overall mood and performance, collectively leading to a more positive, productive, less stressful, and welcoming work environment overall.
Here are some of our suggestions on how you can apply some self-care to your business and your employees:
1. Don’t consistently work long hours. It’s understandable that some days are going to call for staying late in the office (or online), but this shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. Excessive working hours can damage work-life balance, leading to missed events and the frustrations that come with it. You don’t want your employees missing out on their family or self-care time because of you. Lacking sleep can carry plenty of consequences as well.
It’s important to pay attention to your work-life balance and work towards an optimal level for yourself and your employees. If you find yourself and your employees consistently working more than 9 hours a day, think about how you can restructure your work to shorten the days or operate more efficiently.