Looking After Yourself

The first, and probably the most important, step in this whole process is to look after yourself. In order to effectively manage staff and cultivate a healthy working environment you must be healthy yourself. This is not to say you have to be immune and always be at 100%, but actively maintaining good mental and physical health will benefit you in numerous ways. Here are a few ways in which you can look after yourself.

Click on the numbered items below for more information on each one.

1. Talk to others

Having an open dialouge with other people, whether that is colleagues or in your personal life is a must. As humans we require social interaction and the abiltiy to talk candidly with others should not be under-estimated.

2. Exercise

Keeping active helps both mental and physical health. It has multiple benefits and is proven to increase performance in many areas.

3. Eat well

Diet can have a massive effect on energy levels which in turn allows you to think clearly as well as a host of other benefits.

4. Drink sensibly

Drinking alcohol to excess can have numerous short and long-term side-effects which lead to a decrease in productivity.

5. Maintain a healthy social life

It is important to have healthy relationships outside of work. This allows your brain to switch off from work and relax.

6. Ask for help

Everyone needs help now and again, don’t be afraid to ask.

7. Take breaks

Studies suggest that the longer you concentrate on one task without breaks the lower productivity becomes. Taking a break now and then allows your brain to refresh and maintain productivity.

8. Take up a hobby

Taking up a hobby helps you increase your skills and has been shown to increase happiness. Many hobbies also have an element of social interation and can bring routine into your life.

9. Accept yourself

This one can be a difficult one to master. But accepting yourself and minimising any internal conflicts leaves a lot more time to focus on positive things in life.

10. Look after others

Studies show that those who regularly do things for other people are usually happier. Just because you are doing nice things for other people does not mean you can’t feel good about it. Genuinely caring for others can be extremely satisfying.

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