Are you an intern at your organization? Are you in charge of coordinating some sort of self-care challenge at work? Here are some ideas to get you started!
Make it simple!
Like you, your coworkers are likely busy and stressed. The trick here is to make your self-care challenge simple and without any hard dates or requirements from them. I know for me, the more vague and up-to-me the task is, the better – especially if it means I can have some alone time after work!
When I held my self-care challenge, I called it ‘100 Days of Self-Care’. I would email out reminders to my coworkers, providing them with possible activities and ideas for what they can do for themselves that week. I even tried to base activities off of the time of year and the weather (e.g., go pumpkin or apple picking, go for a jog to see the fall foliage, go to heated yoga in the winter, and so forth). To help break it down, I would do week-by-week updates.
Here’s an example of an email reminder I sent out:
Cute, right? And simple! For the record, I make all of my designs on Canva.com, the godsend of the internet.
How do I keep it going?
Remind people at staff meetings. Do a self-care check in every meeting! “What have you done for yourself this week?” “What do you plan to do for yourself by Friday?” These will help get your coworker’s minds back on themselves. We all know how easy it can be for our minds to wander off during meetings; bringing the focus back to each individual helps the self-care mindset and can help everyone feel noticed.
What else can I do?
Supplement your reminders with ‘coworker of the week’ posts somewhere in the office (or on your social media accounts, if appropriate); give small raffle prizes out each week (pick the name of a new coworker out of a box each week); have everyone sign cards/letters stating things that they appreciate about each individual person – and have it framed! These may seem small, but I’m sure you would appreciate someone taking the time to do this for you, too.