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Self-Care is Essential to a Job Done Right

New York, NY – The one undeniable fact is self-care is an essential part of teamwork. This means with all of our daily tasks and responsibilities, personal health has a powerful impact on personal achievement in both home and work environments.

As a whole, personal care reduces healthcare costs which is certainly influential during collective bargaining agreements between unions and employers. Personal health and fitness programs cut down on absenteeism and also helps to improve overall workplace morale. Not to mention, there is a simple truth that people perform better when they feel better.

With self-care being the core purpose to wellness, the term itself is defined as a practice used to incorporate routines and behaviors to create a strong, positive mindset, as well as allow for the personal process of life’s environmental circumstances. The practices and routines will vary as per the individual; however, some workplaces offer wellness aids and seminars to encourage better physical and mental health initiatives.

To avoid stress and burnout and to encourage a better working environment, self-help tasks are essential to both team and individual projects. Of course now, tensions are high. Politics are the main subject which is second only to the news of pandemic spikes. And yet, work still needs attention regardless to the social strains and pressures in our environment.

Here are ten simple tasks that can help boost personal wellness and attract other team members to do the same.

  • Value Your Time:

Time management is crucial to a healthy work atmosphere. Proper management of our time allows for proper management of personal energy, which cuts down on unnecessary waste.

  • Understand Workplace Separation:
    The idea to “Stay in your lane” was not designed by accident. Overly concerning one’s self with outside projects and irrelevant dilemmas can cause a reduction of workplace efficiency and lead to workplace arguments.

  • Positive Communication Builds Attraction:
    “Progress and not promotion,” is a popular saying in the self-help world and this is also especially useful in a professional life. A good positive attitude will help create team unity as well as team loyalty.

  • Good Health Practices:
    A good exercise program also leads to a better work ethic and routine in which case, physical health and mental health is certainly connected and promotes a personal sense of wellness as a priority.

  • Learn To Listen:
    Don’t be afraid to keep a finger on the pulse of social programs that are offered by employers to encourage synergy in the workplace and avoid risky or taboo subjects that lead to confrontations on the job.

  • Take Breaks:
    Although many work through lunch, it is helpful to break whenever possible and hit the reset button. A clear head works best.

  • Maintenance:
    Personal maintenance is important. Self-care, keeping healthy practices and finding positive channels to vent or to avoid self-neglect and self-sabotage is crucial to personal support.

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help:
    There is no reason to be a hero or risk personal safety or health. Be sure to utilize your team whenever possible and do not be afraid to seek advice from supervisors that have experienced the same tasks.

  • Care For Your Workspace:
    Whether this is a desk or a locker or a toolbag, an organized workplace is a safe workplace and allows for an easy process to complete the projects and tasks.

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick:
    Given the current environment and with the concerns of germs and viral conditions, it is best to stay home when experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Testing for Covid is important; however, it is also important to understand this virus affects people differently. Therefore, even if the symptoms disappear, be sure to be tested and be sure to receive your results before deciding to return to the workplace.

Health and wellness is not just a personal choice. This is a practice that impacts both the individual and their teams as well. So put simply, be a good teammate and take care of yourself. It’s the best thing we can do for each other.

Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate.  Ben can be reached at


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