Guest post by Capri Fiello
If you’ve ever worked in a competitive workplace environment, then you know how hard it is to stand out. To be noticed, and get promoted. Working harder to get ahead in your career can quickly lead to feeling burned out, which in turn breeds negative thoughts and attitudes about your job. This can easily cause your productivity levels to drop, which will hinder your efforts in climbing the professional ladder.
One of the best ways to deal with a stressful work environment is to balance it out with healthy personal wellness and self-care routines. Setting aside time for yourself will help put you in the right frame of mind to tackle any obstacle you may be facing professionally. Here are a few ways you can take charge of your career through personal wellness.
Thirty-three percent of American workers routinely do not take breaks for fear that they won’t be seen as a hard worker by their employers and co-workers. That’s about 42 million people in the United States who won’t allow themselves a break in order to save face in the workplace. Unfortunately, they have it wrong. It may sound counter intuitive, but stepping away from your desk during the day has tremendous benefits for your overall concentration and productivity levels.
Taking a break allows your brain to quite literally reset itself, as brain activity shifts from the problem solving area of your brain, or the prefrontal cortex, towards other areas instead. This brief rest period encourages your prefrontal cortex to renew focus. When you come back to the task at hand you’ll be recharged and re-motivated.
Giving yourself a break also prevents decision-fatigue. Being a leader in the workplace requires you to be a decision-maker. However, making frequent decisions without giving yourself a chance to take a step back and take a mental break can affect your reasoning ability and decrease your motivation. This leads to simplistic decision-making and procrastination. Both massive productivity killers.
Breaks are essential for renewing your energy levels, improving your motivation, and increasing your determination. A clear head and an organized mind go a long way in helping you take control of your career trajectory. So don’t be afraid to take a step back from the project you’re working on.
Boost Your Professional Image
From the first interview to your last day on the job, your professional image is everything. Looking and feeling your best boosts your confidence levels, improves the way you interface with your colleagues, and positions you for success.
When constructing your professional image, your self-care routine is essential. It only takes one day of forgetting your deodorant for your co-workers to remember you as the colleague that smells – which is the opposite kind of impression you make if you’re trying to position yourself as a leader at work. Make sure to keep up with all of your grooming needs, from moisturizing to keeping your nails trim. For any personal problem areas that bring down your confidence, such as cold sores, dry skin, or hair loss, there’s an effective treatment that can put your insecurities at ease. For example, valacyclovir is an effective and fast-acting way to manage cold sore outbreaks.
The phrase “dress for success” might be a cliché, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Studies have shown that looking the part of a professional emboldens you to act the part. People psychologically link their clothing to how they interact with their surroundings. Beyond influencing your own actions, what you wear also influences the impression other people have of you. An outstanding professional image depends on a strong personal dress code aimed at positioning you in the role you aspire to.
Working around the clock may lead to some short-term success, but it won’t be long before stress causes you to crash. When you leave work at the end of the day you should do so without looking back. Do your best to leave work at work, and devote yourself fully to enjoying your time away.
Schedule some time that is specifically for you. Enjoy your favorite hobbies and activities. Relax. Mental relaxation is imperative,but try to do a little more than just spend your night in front of the TV. Physical activity is a very effective way to relieve built up stress, and distract yourself from any day-to-day troubles. Couple this relaxation with an appropriate bedtime and a good night’s sleep. You’ll be primed and ready to dive head first into the next day’s tasks.