As Business Office Manager, and the un-official ‘office mum’, Helen is often the first face you will see at Cutitronics. She came from a very different career background, having worked for a national housebuilder, but she has made the leap to premium skincare technology and is a brilliant addition to the Cutitronics team.
At home, Helen is a mum of three with her grown up children spread across the globe from UK to NYC and Oz. She is a dedicated daughter, looking after her disabled father, James, and a proud grandmother to Emily and Olivia, who she loves spending her weekends with.
We caught up with her recently to learn how she is prioritising self-care during lockdown.
Modern life is busy, and moments of ‘me-time’ can often fall through the cracks of our schedules but there are small steps we can all take in our professional and personal lives to ensure we are still taking care of ourselves at work and at home.
Here are my tips for making self-care top of your priorities:
Smile and be happy
We have an obligation to look after ourselves as much as others – smile and be happy.
As individuals, I believe we need time to recharge our batteries and do something we enjoy every day. Whether it be time for reflection by reading, watching a film, or seizing the opportunity to simply relax, with a nice stroll or perhaps the odd glass of wine.
Personally, I have a morning routine which I have been doing since I was 14 years old. I am an avid skincare user and Clarins is my favourite. I get up about 7am and put the kettle on, let Bailey (my dog) out, then make a coffee. I take it upstairs, shower, then do my daily beauty regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise face and body. I then apply light make up and get dressed ready for the day ahead. I always have a full glass of water in the morning and never miss breakfast, usually having special K or porridge with blueberries. This helps start my day on the right foot.
I am also a woman of faith, so moments of prayer are very important to me, as well as the hour I spend out in the fresh air each day with my dog. I am grateful for every new day and trust that when the hard times come, we will get through them and better days will follow. Creating your own rituals and routines is the best way to incorporate a consistent self-care plan.
Don’t forget that rewards can be a key part of looking after your wellbeing. Treat yourself to one thing you love daily. This could be chocolate for a sweet tooth or buying fresh ingredients for a good home-cooked meal or a fresh bunch of flowers.
Hydrate and be social
Looking after yourself and your team’s wellbeing can be as simple as making sure you drink water at regular intervals and continuing to eat healthily. At Cutitronics, we have provided the team with water bottles and encourage walks during lunchtime when we are at the office.
Being social is another important part of improving your mindset. Interacting with people is a favourite part of my role. I have been told I am the ‘office mum’, and believe that a friendly word or just a smile can make a big difference to a person’s day. Personally, I don’t feel the need to mother anyone in our team, I’m someone they can talk to and share anything, even if not work related.
Eating healthy can be a social affair too. I have found that buying the ingredients to prepare one of my favourite meals and setting the table as though I were going to a restaurant at least once a week is something I really enjoy. If you live alone, ask a friend to join you virtually with a glass of wine or whatever you prefer.
It’s all about balance
Balancing self-care with a busy lifestyle and keeping up with grandkids can be a juggling act. But I consider being with Emily and Olivia as part of my joy and down time. I love every minute and have no time to think about anything else, so that can only be a good thing. The mess can be cleared up when they go home!
To help get the right balance, try to get the big jobs you have been putting off done, when you have the time. For me, recently this has been reorganising the house, and in general I love to decorate. You can then relax and feel accomplished at the end of the day.
And of course, because we are at work for so much of our day, balancing self-care at the office is just as important as at home. Here at Cutitronics I am blessed to be working with a fantastic team and a company culture that positively promotes well-being and self-care. Culture is very important to me and after meeting founder and CEO Dr David Heath, I had the absolute faith that this was exactly where I should be working.
We have worked hard to build trust within our team. I have always believed that if you treat people right, support them and show you care, they will flourish. I know people really appreciate flexible working because of family commitments, travel times or to suit their lifestyle. As long as the job gets done, that’s what truly matters.
The more you engage your team and communicate, the better the productivity. And that begins at the top, if you have strong, fair and good leadership the rest will follow. A good working environment equates to a happy productive team.
We should all take time out to value what we have, cherish our relationships, whether it be at work or at home, and care for one another. Looking after each other is the ultimate act of self-care.
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