Most people in humanitarian work will tell you their main purpose is they want to make an impact on the lives of others.

I’ve learned from my experiences that helping others is almost impossible to achieve if you’re not looking after yourself first.

If your current situations are unstable, how can you possibly help others?

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Sleep 8 eight hours a night.
  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier than the day before.
  • Move your body 30 minutes a day.
  • Go to yoga.
  • Meditate.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Bring lunch to work.
  • Take a walk around the office.
  • Say no to something you don’t want to do.
  • Say yes to something you haven’t done before.
  • Get a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure (or all of them at once)
  • Get a haircut.
  • Clean your room.
  • Organize a drawer.
  • Recycle extra clothes
  • Wash your sheets.
  • Clean your fridge.
  • Read 10 pages of a book.
  • Read a blog.
  • Read a magazine.
  • Study your hero.
  • See a movie.
  • Go to the library.
  • Cook a new recipe.
  • Play the guitar.
  • Dance to the radio.
  • Sing to your favourite song.
  • Call your mum, dad, siblings or best friend (or all of them)
  • Set auto pay for your bills.
  • Put $20 in your savings account.
  • Write an entry in your gratitude journal.
  • Send a thank you card
  • Cuddle with your cat.
  • Walk your dog.
  • Water your plants.
  • Buy flowers.
  • Talk to your neighbour.
  • Paint.
  • Smile.
  • Laugh out loud.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Tell yourself, “I love you.”

Here are some ideas to lift your mood and enhance your enjoyment at work

  1. On the drive to work, stop to let people into the queue. Give them a smile.
  2. Set the intention you are going to have a great day today.
  3. When you see someone looking lost ask if you can help.
  4. Send an unexpected note of thanks
  5. Make sure the most junior staff get their breaks first
  6. Send a text message to let someone know you are thinking of them
  7. Greet a member of staff with a smile. Bring fresh baked cookies to work
  8. Give a donation to the charity collector
  9. Give a colleague appreciative feedback – say you noticed them doing so and so and how much you appreciate that.
  10. At the queue in the work cafeteria, let a hurried person into the queue in front of you


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