In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we talked about the importance of breathing deeply and letting go of good food, bad food lists.

Here’s my final easy tip for taking better care of yourself while working a desk job, and even a few ways management can help too!

Tip 3: Move Yourself to the Top of that Priority List

Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in taking care of what everyone else wants us to do that we forget about our own happiness.

It’s time you put yourself at the top of your list of priorities.

The more we learn to take good care of ourselves, the more of ourselves we have to give. Without taking good care of ourselves, we end up burning out and resenting everyone around us that we’ve been giving to.

If you find yourself saying something like “I don’t have time to take care of myself on top of my current schedule,” I’d like you to think about this…

There is no area of life that is of any value if you don’t have the health to enjoy it, so make room for taking good care of yourself on your list of priorities. Your health, both mental and physical, is the last thing you should take for granted.

Employee tip: Start scheduling in “me-time” in your calendar, just as you would any other important appointment. Use this time to take a walk, exercise or play your favorite sport, read an uplifting (non-business/educational) book, or get a massage.

Management tip: Offer employees flex-time so that they can come into the office late or leave early on occasion in order to take advantage of “me-time.” Set up special rates with local spas or massage therapists so employees can get a discount off of services.

The more you can help employees take good care of themselves (and put themselves first), the more productive, creative, and focused they will be.