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Self-Care Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

As workers in the nonprofit sector, our jobs often require us to go above and beyond our job descriptions to pour into our communities. This can leave us feeling both emotional and mentally exhausted, which is why it's so essential to practice self-care.

Self-care looks different for everyone. For some, it may consist of setting more boundaries or turning off work notifications when you are trying to take a break; for others, it may be that you need to get organized or create a better working schedule. Whatever your need may be, it's essential to incorporate self-care into your daily routine.

Not sure how to get started? Let’s take a look at the self-care tips provided by our community to jump-start your self-care routine:

Break Time

  • Take a walk through your neighborhood or community space

  • Don’t work through your lunch break

  • Turn off app nofications

  • Find a space to meditate

  • Go to the gym

  • Declutter your mind

  • Make a gratitude list

  • Stretch

  • Call a friend or family member

  • Paint your nails

Weekends and/or Days Off

  • Step away from work

  • Do something creative

  • Do nothing

  • Treat yourself to something special

  • Organize your work space or computer files

  • Learn something new by taking a class

  • Read a book or poem

  • Take a nap

  • Watch a funny movie

  • Go on a self-date

  • Create a vision board

  • Visit a cafe'

  • Go for a mini-retreat

  • Write a letter to your younger self

During Work

  • Set boundaries with coworkers and clients

  • Take small breaks in between assignments

  • Move around your workspace

  • Set aside time to have face to face and virtual conversations, and get through your own workload

  • Trash negative thoughts

  • Appraise yourself

  • Play your favorite music

  • Drink more water

  • Say no

  • Ask for more help when you need it

These are just a few ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Of course, my favorite tip is to do nothing when I have downtown.

You've taken the first step in the right direction by looking into self-care; the next might look like identifying your needs, then practicing the routine you created for yourself. So go ahead and get started and watch how much these small changes can led to a big difference in your work/life balance.


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