A Little “Me Time”
Most are familiar with the airline safety rule that if an emergency situation occurs, you should put your own oxygen mask on first, before attempting to help those around you. The same is true for self-care.
Self-care is beneficial for our self-esteem and allows us to better understand our strengths and weaknesses. While some may think of self-care as spa treatments or extravagant activities, the reality is it will look different for each of us. What’s most important is choosing an activity that will positively impact your daily life.
Here are some simple self-care ideas and Northrop Grumman resources to get you started:
- Get some shuteye. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night for optimal health and performance. Achieve your sleep goals with free personalized health coaching! Anthem members can visit Vida Health and Kaiser Permanente members can access coaching here.
- Spend time with family and friends. Research shows that taking time to connect with others can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Explore NGCare’s work-life solutions or consider joining NGFamily, our Employee Resource Group focused on helping employees build social connectedness and be their best self at work and at home.
- Journal and/or meditate. Journaling and meditation are two time-honored practices that can help you slow down, tune in to the present moment and feel better able to manage competing demands. Explore this Mindfulness Toolkit and consider adding NGCare’s weekly 10-minute mindfulness micro-breaks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to your calendar.
- Reduce stress. Did you know that stress symptoms can affect your health without you even knowing? For example, trouble sleeping or lack of focus could be stress-related and lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. With Koa Foundations, a science-based smartphone app, you can access free personalized resources and materials to help you approach stress. Register today by visiting GuidanceResources, scrolling to the “Additional Tools and Resources,” header, then selecting “Digital Self-Care Tools.” Use your Northrop Grumman email address when registering.
As you set goals to improve or implement a self-care routine, keep in mind that it can take about 66 days for a behavior change to become a habit. By sticking to your plan and putting in the effort day in and day out, you’ll develop habits that pave the way for your growth and success, whether it's in your career or personal life.
Remember, we’re not superheroes. It’s okay to fall down, but you have to get back up. So, if you’re noticing your New Year’s resolutions are losing momentum, consider adjusting or setting new goals using the information in this article.
Written by: Jillian Verzwyvelt