Have you ever heard the phrase “If you want to, you will make time”? This is such a daunting phrase to hear. Often times, we are working and coordinating on so many different projects throughout our life, that we simply do not have the time to make time for ourselves. This often results in exhaustion and fatigue that causes decreased effort and productivity in the workplace—only furthering the cycle! The National Safety Council found that in 2018, alone, that two-thirds of the workforce in the United States deal with workplace fatigue—approximately 107 million people out of the 160 million workers in total (National Safety Council, 2018). This is a staggering number. While a solution to workplace fatigue is not entirely simple, taking time for yourself can be a major influence in reducing stress and fatigue, and can also shift your perspective on your goals and aspirations in life. Here are five small, but manageable and realistic ways you can make time for yourself throughout your workweek:

Incorporate a routine that you stick through to start your workweek

This can be as simple as ensuring that you have thirty minutes to drink a cup of coffee while sitting in your favorite chair at home. Instilling a routine that you find to be pleasant—and attainable—is an important first step towards making time for yourself. Choose a routine that would not cause you additional stress while actually doing it. Choose something attainable and realistic—like drinking a cup of coffee to start your day—and ensure that you make this a priority each morning. Practice makes perfect, so explore various routines that make you feel good!

Actively listen to your body 

Have you ever been so busy and focused on the things you have to accomplish that day that you realize you did not eat? While you may at first be surprised that you did not notice, you soon will feel the effects of not listening to what your body needs. We are often so stimulated and focused on so many different things at once that you do not even notice your stomach rumbling. Set time throughout the day where you listen to your body and actively choose to give your body what it needs. 

When you can take a break—take a diligent break

What does taking a diligent break mean? It means taking a break where you are not focused on the next set of tasks you have to complete or what you are going to make for dinner—but actually focusing on the break from the constant stimulation you are receiving throughout your day. One way to take a diligent break is through incorporating a mindfulness practice, such as deep breathing exercises for two minutes or utilizing apps such as Mindshine to guide you through coached mindfulness activities. 

Taking the time to actually focus in on yourself is one step towards improving workplace fatigue and reestablishing loving and nurturing you. Because our world places immense stress on constantly doing to be seen as successful, make your success incorporate self-care methods. Prioritize yourself and your needs, and see just how much farther this will take you. 

Let’s recap:

Taking the time to actually focus in on yourself is one step towards improving workplace fatigue and reestablishing loving and nurturing you. Because our world places immense stress on constantly doing to be seen as successful, make your success incorporate self-care methods. Prioritize yourself and your needs, and see just how much farther this will take you. Try implementing at least one mindfulness activity during a break from your workday by utilizing the Mindshine app. By doing so, you will be incorporating realistic and attainable mental breaks from your busy schedule.