Practicing Self Care at My 9-5

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We all know that it’s super trendy right now to be an entrepreneur. It isn’t easy to be your own boss, but it has great perks. The idea of making your own schedule and having flexibility seems like gold. That’s because it is.

I’m speaking from experience. This year I’ve been studying for my Master’s degree. Because of that, I’ve had a 20 hour work week. It’s been love. This gave me extra time to focus on studying, and my yoga practice.

The luxury of designing my own work schedule, also made it easier to fit self care in. When I graduate next month, I’m going to start working full time at my 9-5.

Bottom line: some peeps like myself are or will be, part time entrepreneurs (very cool)! Others love their 9-5 jobs and feel completely fulfilled there. That is wonderful. As I prepare for this transition, I’ve been observing ways that I can incorporate self care into my 9-5 work day.

Here are my 5 tips

Eat good food during the work day. By good, I mean healthy and comforting. We all have our favorite go to meals. I have found that eating breakfast before I start my day and packing a yummy healthy lunch, makes a world of difference. I also keep a tea diffuser at my desk with different herbal teas for different moods. Find what works for you and makes your belly happy.

Water is your friend. This one is pretty simple, drink water all day every day. A hydrated body is a productive body.


Personalize your space. This one is huge for me. You spend a lot of time at work. It can become your home away from home so, make your space feel that way. If you’re a fan of essential oils, I’ve found keeping them at my desk to be very helpful. A warm blanket, photos of loved ones or even adjusting the brightness on your computer monitor can help too. Get creative and find what makes your workspace feel like a place you want to be in, instead of place you have to be in.

Make a schedule that works for you. I know that this isn’t an option for everyone. However, if you have the ability select your come and go times, make them work for you. If you’re a morning person set an earlier arrival time so that you can get home early. If you like to take a slower start in the morning, allow yourself that time and come in toward the later half of the morning.


Take your breaks. I personally, do not see how one can skip a lunch break. I know it’s a thing. Try to allow yourself time to move around during the day, read a book or do some meditation. Even though you may feel like you don’t need breaks, your subconscious and physical body will thank you.

If you have any suggestions about what you like to do for self care in the work place, please leave them in the comment section below. I know we’re all different, but if you do one thing please make your work life enjoyable. Don’t just work for it. Make it work for you too. 

Kenyari KeithComment