Be Kind to Yourself
How kind would you say you are? Do you stop to help load someone’s shopping into their car? Do you like to surprise your spouse with dinner and flowers? Maybe you are always complementing your colleagues when they look nice…
But the real question is: how kind are you to yourself?
Quite often we disregard ourselves, we neglect our own well-being, both physically and mentally. More often than not, we are our own worst enemy; reminding ourselves of the insecurities we hold, working far too hard and for too many hours, filling our bodies with convenient takeaways or cheap ready meals. As far as ‘self-love’ goes, I don’t think many of us have actually grasped the concept. Self-love isn’t just buying that dress you like the look of but will never wear, it’s not taking a selfie and uploading it to Facebook.
Self-love is taking the time and energy to focus on yourself. Whether it be standing in front of the mirror and saying out loud all the things you love about your body – forgetting the things you don’t or saying ‘no’ to that really expensive night out with friends because you actually can’t afford it. Self-love can be buying, preparing and cooking a meal full of nutrients from scratch and then sitting down to enjoy it without the distraction of your phone or your laptop.
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Beware of Burnout
We, as the population of the UK, have high rates of mental illness despite our country’s relative wealth. Figures suggest that 1 in 4 people experience mental ill health every year. And according to the charity ‘Mind’, 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. With these statistics being so high, it’s vital that sometimes we take a step back and make sure that we are kind to ourselves.
Earlier, I mentioned that working far too often and for too many hours can be negative. The reason behind this is that it can cause burnout. Have you heard of it? The term ‘burnout’ is now being recognised as an occupational phenomenon and according to the World Health Organisation it is the direct result of “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The WHO says that burnout may be diagnosed if a patient exhibits the following symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficiency.
If you are experiencing burnout, it’s a good idea to seek professional help call us on 01264326308 if you’d like more details, or you could start taking matters into your own hands. Perhaps reducing screen time after work, arranging a time to speak with your manager to raise your concerns or practicing meditation/mindfulness might be the right place to start for you?
It all starts with a phone call
Remember that it’s okay to ask for help. You are not alone and there is a way to find a better work/life balance. At KMA, our occupational therapists are highly qualified and dual trained to deal with both mental and physical health issues. We pride ourselves on our skills to enhance your well-being and improve your ability to live life to the full, at home and work. It all starts with a phone call – so what are you waiting for? Get in touch.