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Let’s Talk: Simple Self-Care

Richard Roppa-Roberts
Posted by Richard Roppa-Roberts on Mar 5, 2024 9:30:00 AM

Here we are, cruising through the new year and pushing through the most demanding time for bookkeepers and accountants. Now, while you're busy crunching numbers and chasing deadlines, you cannot forget about the most important equation of all: self-care. Yes, you heard it right – amidst the chaos and caffeine overdoses, taking care of ourselves is the ultimate game-changer. So grab your favorite stress ball, and let's take a moment to think about just a few ways you can take care of yourself in 2024.

Don't Forget the Basics

Hydration Matters

shutterstock_1497459668Dehydration can lead to fatigue, decreased concentration, and even headaches, making it harder to stay focused. Keeping hydrated ensures that your body and mind are functioning at their best. So, if you aren’t already loyal to an emotional support cup (mine are my Yetis, shape and color is dependent on mood/event/etc), pull out that good old conference swag water bottle. You took it for some reason, right? Fill it up and keep it by your side throughout the day. Take regular sips to stay refreshed and energized. Your brain – and your books – will thank you for it!

Exercise for the Mind and Body

Now, I'm not saying you must become a gym aficionado, but trust me, a bit of movement can do wonders. Even with a busy schedule, incorporating simple exercises into our routine is possible. And don't worry, you don't need to break a sweat like you're in a '90s workout video – just find something you enjoy. Taking short walks during breaks, doing quick stretching exercises at our desks, or even practicing deep breathing techniques can all make a significant difference in reducing stress levels and improving overall mental health.

The Rhythmic Power of Music

No matter what you’re working on, the right playlist can turn a mundane task into a dance party. So, let's spice up those work sessions with playlists filled with upbeat tunes and soothing melodies. Need a pick-me-up? Throw on some good beats to get those creative juices flowing. Feeling stressed? Opt for calming melodies to soothe your mind and keep you focused. And hey, when it's time to dial up the cognitive function, listen to some classical music. When I need some feel-good, get-work-done music on, I go with 70s Motown – nothing beats those old-school grooves for keeping me on task!

Setting Boundaries for Sanity

Weekends are Sacred

Think of weekends as your mental reset button – a chance to recharge and refuel after a busy week. By stepping away from your desk and embracing leisure time, you're giving your brain the breather it needs to come back stronger and more focused than ever. So, how do you enforce this boundary? It's all about setting clear expectations and sticking to them. Block off your weekends on your calendar, resist the temptation to check work emails, and make plans with friends and family to which you can look forward. Remember, your well-being is non-negotiable, so take that weekend off, and come back on Monday feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead.

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Establishing Clear Work-Life Boundaries

It's crucial to establish clear expectations. Consider setting a specific time to “clock out” each day and do it, no excuses. Ensure your clients know what to expect regarding deadlines and communication. Clearly outline your availability and response times so there's no confusion. By setting these boundaries, you're not just protecting your time but also fostering a healthier work-life balance and ensuring you're at the top of your game when you're on the clock. And remember, it's not enough to just set the boundary – you've got to stick to it!

Extra Self-Care Boost

Special Self-Care Practices

aromatherapyThere's a whole world of self-care practices waiting to be explored. Ever heard of mindfulness? It's like a mental message for your brain – a chance to hit the pause button and tune into the present moment. And then there's aromatherapy – who knew a few drops of essential oils could work wonders for relaxation? And don't forget about those short breaks throughout the day – a moment to step away from the spreadsheets and recharge your batteries. So treat yourself to some extra TLC – your mind and body will thank you for it!

Small Rewards for Milestones

Celebrate each victory! Treat yourself to a well-deserved reward! How about a delicious dinner at your favorite restaurant, a little gift for yourself, or a luxurious spa day? Whatever you choose, just make sure it's something that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and proud of what you’ve done. After all, each celebration is about acknowledging your hard work and giving yourself a pat on the back. You've earned it!

Final thoughts on taking care of you

As we wrap up our self-care session, let's take a moment to reflect on the key strategies we've discussed. Start by identifying the self-care practices you can commit to set yourself up for success. Starting small and building momentum will lay the foundation for a healthier and more balanced year. And remember to celebrate your victories, whether big or small. These celebrations acknowledge your progress and reinforce your commitment to self-care. By implementing these practices early on, you'll establish new habits that seamlessly integrate into your daily life, setting the stage for a more fulfilling and sustainable journey.

Topics: Finger on the Pulse


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