Jeremiah Rodriguez’s Self-Care Routine: “I really believe how you feel affects how you work.”

Jeremiah Rodriguez is the Office Manager at minds + assembly, a full-service creative agency with a design centric eye that shows the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry a new way.

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What does self-care mean to you?

Self-care is taking that extra ten minutes on your skincare in the morning, so you feel your best. I really believe how you feel affects how you work and work with others.

How do you know when you’re feeling stressed or burnt out?

My body will tell me, but it’s up to me to listen, and that can be in any form. Mentally or physically. If I feel too anxious or suddenly overwhelmed with emotions, I will legit stop what I’m doing, lay flat on the ground, and check in with myself. It’s really also a part of my self-care. You can’t show up for your team if you’re not really showing up for yourself.

Now burn out, he’s my arch nemesis. When he shows up, it is more physical. I will catch cold-like symptoms like a stuffy nose and a slight fever, and that’s when I have to tell myself, “okay, Jeremiah do you want to make this better or worse?”. Your body is an organism, a machine. We need to protect and take care of it like we do our cars. It needs to rest.  

Do you have a regular self-care routine? If so, what does it look like?

Yes, I think everyone should. Mine looks like an early morning affirmation. Really looking at myself in the mirror and being as kind as I would be to my little brothers. “You are capable- you are powerful- you are kind- you will lead with love. Followed up with my daily morning song, “I Ain’t Stressin’ Today” by Dear Silas. But my self-care can also look like quality time with my family every Sunday or a happy hour cap with a college. Self-care to me is how I can have a positive impact on the people in my world.

What bumps you off your self-care routine and how do you get back on course?

What bumps me off of my self-care routine is when I take on more than I can handle, the Scorpio in me doesn’t like asking for help even when I know I need it. I like to push myself to handle anything that comes to my plate, but that’s not always the best. Thankfully I have amazing support at minds + assembly that allows me to delegate tasks that I’m unable to take care of myself. The support from my team helps me get back on course. 

Where do you go for inspiration, ideas or tools for self-care?

Where don’t I go?! Working in one of the most progressive cities in the world is an inspiration in itself. Just taking the train and seeing how they place ads on turnstiles, the street fashion, the street art, the live performance. The city is a smorgasbord of inspiration and ideas. Also, one of the most used tools is Masterclass. At minds + assembly, every pulse has to access a free subscription to Masterclass, which is an amazing tool for ideas and inspiration. Knowledge is power.

What do you think you need to improve in terms of your self-care practice?

I think I need to really lean on my team better to improve my self-care practice. My team is always there with unconditional support, and it’s a two-way street. I encourage them to lean on me for support, but I could be better at allowing myself to lean on them. 

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Self-Care is a content series exploring the different self-care routines and habits of people from all walks of life. Get in touch with us today if you’d like to talk about your self-care routine.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.