Working the typical 9-6 job can be extremely difficult to make or find time for yourself. It’s important to do the little things that make you happy and feel loved. Depending on whether you are an early bird or a night owl, here are the Kalmar top tips for prioritising wellbeing when you work a desk job. Here’s to your journey to self love. 

  1. Boundaries: 

    1. This is the most important tip, set BOUNDARIES. You need to know your needs are and surround yourself with people that respect that. Remember that self care is not being selfish, it’s a necessity. Boundaries come in all shapes and sizes. One boundary can be turning your phone off at a certain time right before going to sleep. After that, no one can contact you unless it's an emergency. This is a great boundary to set because we need that time before bed to relax and unwind. 
  2. Take active breaks:

    1. Rather than going on socials during your quick 5 min break, get up and stretch. Move your body, even if it is for a couple of minutes, it will do wonders to your mood. This brings us to the next tip.
  3. Pomodoro technique: 

    1. This is such a wonderful technique, work for 30-45 min and then take a 10-15 min break. Repeat 3 times and on your third time take a 30-45 min break, until lunch time. This theory has been proven to increase efficiency and morale. Your brain can only stay concentrated for a short amount so taking breaks is a must. 
  4. Create routines: 

    1. Creating a morning and nighttime routine that includes acts of self love is an easy way to incorporate your wellbeing in your everyday life. 
  5. Prioritise your meals: 

    1. It’s really easy to get into the habit of skipping meals or eating something quick on the go. We are always on the rush, where are we going exactly? Pack your meals, give yourself that time for you. If you make dinner, make a bit more to pack for the next day. If you are not exactly Gordon Ramsay, you can buy pre chopped vegetables and precooked meat or fish to make meals that much easier. 
  6. Make time for movement: 

    1. After a long day at work the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. Find what you enjoy doing, and try to include that in your schedule 30 min everyday times a week. Don’t panic, this doesn't mean you have to do burpees for 30 min straight. Movement also means walking. You would be surprised how much we walk without even realising. If you drive to work try parking a bit farther away next time. These little things add up and they are fantastic for your health. 

Your wellbeing should always be a priority and yet it's the thing we put last in our to-do list.