PSA: It is International Self-Care Day
There are many special calendar days that seemingly fly under the radar. If nothing else, they all do one thing very effectively: raise awareness.
You are probably quite familiar with those that have gone viral, such as "Bell Let's Talk Day". This type of exposure is positive as it raises both money and awareness for a good cause.
However, not all calendar event days are going to necessarily raise thousands or millions of dollars and this is OK. We believe raising awareness is often just as important because awareness itself can influence good conversations and encourage further initiatives for the benefit of our well-being.
Today is International Self-Care Day - you may or may not have heard of it. Essentially, it encourages people to engage in habits that will improve their overall health. You can read more about it here:
If we think about self-care and its impact on workplace health and safety, it can be difficult for us to simply "leave everything at the door" when we get to work every day. Many of us are guilty of operating on "auto-pilot" and do not think about our current state of well-being. Stress, fatigue or the other goings on in our personal lives can greatly impact our work and co-workers without us even noticing. When our mind is not focused on the task at hand, workplace safety risks can increase.
Taking a step back does not have to be difficult. Here are 3 simple things we personally like to do to refresh our minds at work:
1. Listen to our favourite music while we work to get the day started. This makes early mornings much more bearable and makes us feel motivated.
2. On sunny days, eat our lunch outside. The fresh air and Vitamin D make us feel energized and a change of scenery can be good for the mind.
3. Talk to each other about things other than work. Often, we see our co-workers more than anyone else. Simply engaging in conversation and having human interaction with work friends can improve your mood.
Take the time to ask yourself, "What am I going to do for me today?"