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Practice self-care at work

  • Use lunch as an act of self-care. Take a moment to notice this nourishment you’re giving yourself. 
  • Remember that, just like you, everybody feels like a fraud to a certain degree.
  • Helping people makes us feel good about ourselves and connected to others. So, instead of defaulting to “No, thanks” or “ I’m fine” when someone offers you something, try saying yes.

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Self-criticism

It compromises your goals and undermines your pursuits, whether they are academic, health related, personal, or professional.

Self-criticism predicts depression, avoidance behaviors, loss of self-esteem, negative perfectionism, procrastination, and rumination.

Self-compassion

It generates resilience, it empowers you to be flexible, and gives you the ability to identify problems, accept negative feedback from others, and change habits that no longer serve you.

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Just Go Exercise

While your mind may cook up excuses, it is a fact that any kind of exercise, even walking for a short while will make you feel better, and will increase your heart rate. It is even better with friends, at the gym, with music on.

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3 ways to practice self-care
  1. Allow yourself to unplug from the news and social media for a few days.
  2. Recognize when you need self-care and then respond to that need.
  3. Have a self-care checklist ready that has dozens of options tailored just for you: These options can range from scheduling a mid-day call with a friend to drawing a bubble bath.
Set multiple deadlines

A way to create less stressful deadlines is to break large projects into smaller tasks. Set a deadline for each task instead of just one final deadline. 

Regularly spacing the deadlines out will give a sense of moving forward, which can motivate you to complete the task.