The value of taking care of yourself
Posted on 06 July 2022
Cliché, as it may be, being ourselves, is truly what makes each of us special. Read on for some tips to help you become healthier and happier.
Be authentic at work
Showing up as our whole selves at work can be challenging and, in many ways; it’s easier to condense and compartmentalise who we are. Many of us have work and home ‘selves’. In the long run, however, being only part of your whole self can be draining. Did you know that on average British people will work a staggering 3,507 days over a lifetime. 
Yes, to a certain extent, it’s down to you to show up to work authentically. However, more importantly, we recognise that the workplace environment must be one that’s open and safe for that to be possible. The majority of that is beyond our control, but there are always opportunities to demonstrate the culture you'd like to see. That starts with being accepting and supportive of colleagues where you can. Peer-to-peer relationships have a huge impact on our overall job satisfaction.
Prioritise your health
Working hard or hardly working? The reality of life today, especially with the current cost of living crisis means that unfortunately, people are working extremely hard. Often at the cost of their long-term health. Achieving a balanced home and work life where your health is factored in is key for your physical and mental health.
At different stages of life, there’ll be natural ebbs and flows and one area will take priority. In line with that, your work-life balance will move with it. At each stage, remember that you only have one body and one life. Putting off health checks in favour of overtime and work isn’t sustainable. To work, you need to be healthy. It’s always best to address issues when they’re still manageable, don’t make mountains out of molehills by ignoring your health. 
Throughout the pandemic and the waves of cases and strains that have followed, front-line workers have worked tirelessly to ensure the nation is healthy, fed and has access to the essential goods that make our society work. As a result, our essential workers have a consistently sustained risk of burnout. The World Health Organization describes burnout as a syndrome resulting from workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
Burnout can feel like:
Lack of motivation
Lack of pleasure in your job
Lack of belief in your ability to complete tasks (a sense of inefficacy) 
Read our article: 7 ways to avoid mental burnout for more help with this.
Recognising the signs is crucial for getting the help you need. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Working yourself to the bone and burning out isn’t good for anyone. Your health must be the priority. Take time off if you need it. Discuss your workload with your line manager, suffering in silence won’t prevent you from burning out.