Do you find yourself too busy at work to exercise? Is your job taking over your entire life? Balancing work and health care is one of the most important priorities you should have. There’s an important relationship between body, spirit and mind. Work stress can take a toll on your health and without exercising, can cause changes that actually make you sick. Studies show that work performance declines when you aren’t doing the important things to help you be healthier.
Take time to exercise regularly.
You may not think you have time to exercise, but once you start, you’ll find it helps you get your projects finished at work. Exercise not only burns off the hormones of stress that can cause brain fog and poor performance at work. It also builds your endurance and strength. When you have more endurance, you have more energy and that means you’ll be able to function at top speed. Exercise increases circulation and that oxygen and nutrient rich blood goes to all the brain cells to increase your mental capabilities.
Eating healthy is also important and can affect your work.
Healthy eating provides nutrients that your brain needs to function at its best. You may not think you have time to prepare healthy food, but once you plan meals ahead, find it a breeze. Not only is meal planning a preparation a way to ensure you eat healthy and the right number of calories, it can help prevent stress. Eating junk or fast food consistently not only depletes you of nutrients, it can cause blood sugar levels to spike and drop. Once you start meal planning and prep, you’ll find it’s far quicker and far more satisfying than waiting in the drive through line.
Learn relaxation techniques.
You might not be one for meditation, although that’s a good way to destress and take time for yourself, but simple deep breathing exercises can be done in a few minutes. Once you learn the technique, when work life becomes chaotic, take a few minutes from the day to breathe deeply at your desk or in a quiet area.
- Learn to say no. If your boss is asking you to go above and beyond on a regular basis and it’s consistently leaving you with less and less personal time, set limits and say no.
- When you workout, you’ll get another benefit that can help you feel better about yourself. Exercise improves posture and that makes you look and feel more confident.
- Get adequate sleep. Burning the candle at both ends may sound like you’re doing something noble, but you’re not. You’re only setting yourself up for illness and poor work performance. Get sleep, get done quicker.
- If you’re at a desk all day, every hour, take a break and walk around or do something physical for about five minutes. Sitting longer than an hour can negatively affect your health.
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