The Importance of Self Care in the Workplace
By Categories: GeneralLast Updated: July 24, 2023

The Importance of Self Care in the Workplace

By: Dr. Kim Lazarus

Doctor of Chiropractic and National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach.

Self-care is the act of taking care of oneself in order to be healthy, both physically and mentally. In our fast-paced, high-stress modern world, self-care has become increasingly important, particularly in the workplace. Work stress and loneliness can create unwanted anxiety, leading to decreased productivity and decreased cultural happiness. At Desire Wellness we are all about promoting self-care in the workplace

Corporate wellness programs that incorporate self-care can benefit both employees and employers. For employees, these programs can provide resources and tools for managing stress, improving sleep, and promoting healthy habits such as exercise and healthy eating. For employers, these programs can lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and improved employee morale and employee retention. When employees feel less stressed, they are less likely to suffer from burnout, and are more likely to be loyal to the company, resulting in decreased turnover and a positive reputation.

Making Employee Well-Being, Stress Management, And Work-Life Balance A Priority

To achieve a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce, self-care should be a critical aspect of any corporate wellness program. Research has shown that lifestyle modifications can reverse chronic disease by up to 80%, making self-care an essential component of overall well-being.

When incorporating self-care into a corporate wellness program, there are many initiatives that can be implemented. For example, workshops and seminars on stress management, mindfulness and meditation, and nutrition and exercise can provide valuable information and resources to employees. Additionally, employers can provide resources such as gym memberships, healthy snacks, and mental health services to support their employees’ self-care efforts.

However, it’s essential to acknowledge that some employees may face barriers when it comes to practicing self-care. For instance, some employees may feel guilty taking breaks or prioritizing their own well-being over work responsibilities. Others may not have access to resources like gym memberships or mental health services. It’s important for employers to address these barriers and offer solutions or strategies for overcoming them. This could include promoting a culture of self-care and setting aside time during the workday for self-care activities.

Self-care is a critical component of corporate wellness that can lead to happier, healthier, and more productive employees. By incorporating self-care initiatives into a corporate wellness program, employers can help their employees maintain physical and mental well-being, leading to increased productivity, improved employee morale and retention, and a more positive reputation for the company. To achieve a healthier population, employers must take on corporate wellness as a priority, and employees must prioritize self-care as an essential aspect of their overall well-being.

Want to learn more about corporate wellness? Contact Desire Wellness today.

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Dr. Kim Lazarus is a licensed Chiropractor and Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with training in Lifestyle Medicine. She has teamed up with Desire Wellness to bring our corporate wellness programs to the next level with the wellness tools needed to support employees and patients. She first moved to Alaska in 1990 to coach figure skating and has pursued many outdoor adventure sports. Her experiences have instilled in her a deep appreciation for the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Dr. Lazarus brings this passion and commitment to her work every day, helping individuals and organizations alike to achieve their wellness goals.