Practicing Self-Care Together

Updated: Apr 29

Written by Vanessa Barajas, Program Coordinator at Work2Live

We talk about self-care a lot because we cannot emphasize enough the benefits that come with it. I’m not going to list the benefits because I know you know them. Self-care is best known as an individual practice to improve your own emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. However, too much time in individual practice of anything can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection, especially now, as we begin to emerge from an extended period of mandated isolation. It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves, and sometimes, spending time with others is a part of that.

Research shows that human connections are critical for addressing the effects of stress, anxiety, burnout, and other forms of workplace distress. So let's build some human connection into practices that are typically done solo, and try practicing some group self-care in the workplace! Here are some ideas that you can incorporate with your team at work.

Meditation. This can be short yet effective. To do a meditation, find a guide, either by choosing a team member with a soothing voice, or listening to a guided meditation video. If the entire team isn’t together in-person send a link to a short ten minute Zoom call.

Stretch breaks. This encourages employees to take a break and move around. You could schedule a guided ten minute stretch where teammates meet up in person or on a video call to stretch together.

Affirmation of the Day. An affirmation is a short, powerful statement. They allow you to consciously be in control of your thoughts. When you say or think about the affirmation statement, it becomes the thought that shapes your reality. At the beginning or end of each team meeting, you could have a different team member share an affir