How to take care of yourself when you’re workaholic
June 21, 2019
Millennials tend to be workaholics. We are career-oriented, and we strive to be financially independent from a very young age, which means we sometimes tend to forget to take care of ourselves. Self-care is an important step in everyone’s daily routine, but because we prioritize our work so much, we tend to just sweep it under the rug and forget about it.
But self-care doesn’t always need to be long bubble baths and expensive meals. There are many ways to practice self-care and still fit it into your busy schedule. Here are a few tips.
1. MINIMIZE SCREEN TIME AT NIGHT.
Millennials are notorious for having really bad sleeping habits, and a lot of this is caused by the fact that we’re literally staring at brightly lit screens up until the moment we fall asleep at night. Try to keep your laptop and phone away from your bed at night. Your eyes and body clock will thank you. You’ll find yourself eventually falling asleep faster and having deeper, more satisfying sleep.
2. SPEND MORE NIGHTS IN
It’s 8:00PM on a Friday night and your co-workers suggest you all go out for drinks at a nearby bar. You’re exhausted, but you just got your paycheck and, well, everyone is going. While this is a great way to unwind and spend time with your work friends outside of a work setting, this still requires so much time, energy, and money. FOMO (fear of missing out) sometimes gets the best of us but imagine how much rest you’ll get and how much you’ll get to save by skipping a night out once in a while.
3. TAKE LONGER SHOWERS
Never underestimate the power of a long, steamy shower at the end of a busy day at work. It requires less time (and water) than a bath, but still hits the spot. Put on some relaxing music, step into a warm shower, and take your time. Appreciate the pleasant fragrances of your shower products. Dedicate a few extra minutes to really massaging your shampoo into your scalp. Exfoliate your skin with a sugar scrub. You get to practice good hygiene and treat yourself at the same time.
4. DRINK MORE WATER
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people forget to keep themselves hydrated. No, coffee does not count. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will help all the different parts of your body do their jobs. Not to mention, staying hydrated also contributes to better skin! If you struggle to keep track of your water intake, get a water bottle with measurements down the side so you can make sure you’re drinking enough every day!
5. COOK YOUR OWN DINNER
Nowadays, ordering food has never been simpler. There are tons of apps you can use to order food so that you don’t have to cook anymore. While it can be tempting to just whip out your phone and order your dinner on the phone, you should also try to get into the habit of cooking your own food. Not only can cooking be therapeutic, but it’s often healthier and cheaper. If you can’t do this every night, try to meal prep at the beginning of every week! You’ll appreciate your food more if you know the time and effort that goes into it.
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