Gosh time flies. It seems like such a short time ago that I was talking about holidays and Christmas trees, I find it hard to believe that here we are at the end of January already. How quickly the year has shot away. I hope you returned to work in a rested state and are feeling ready to tackle the coming year with energy.
So many of us talk about making New Year’s resolutions when January arrives, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly forget about them with the rapid immersion back into everyday life and work that happens so easily after the holiday break.
Whatever the time of year though, I am always thinking about how I can apply some good health principles which will work for me, and which I can pass on to you to help you be healthier both at work and in your personal life.
Improving my work/life balance in several ways is something I’m aiming for this year. I’ve identified some strategies I’m planning to put into place which may also work for you:
- Work smarter, using technology, so that I have less paperwork floating around which just clutters up my brain and my work areas. I’m going to download Evernote (Mark Pfeiffer will be impressed!) so that I can store things logically but within easy access. As I talk to more clients about paperless workplaces, I realise that I am gradually going that way myself, but just need to sort and get rid of a lot of the excess paper in the office which can be scanned or sourced online
- Keep working on a healthy diet. As work becomes more sedentary, it can be easy to pile on weight. Nick Kimber, a nutrition expert and director of Nutrifit, gave me some great advice last year about eating. He recommends having five meals a day, with the mid-morning and mid-afternoon ones being a small snack (some protein such as nuts, cheese, fruit) rather than the standard three. This approach helps keep the blood sugar levels more even and stops the craving, often for high sugar foods. Give it a go – I’ve personally found it helps to keep my energy levels up.
- Take half a day a week off to do something creative. I love making things, but have very little time and am usually too tired by the evening to feel creative. However, missing out on this opportunity can make me feel frustrated and resentful that work is so all involving. So, to help with my creative thinking for work as well as wellbeing, I am booking myself half a day out of my regular work routine each fortnight, which might eventually get to each week. I’ll check how my productivity goes; though I have a feeling it can only improve.
- Keep fit through walking the dog regularly on the beach. Walking is the ideal exercise, which doesn’t strain joints, and if a good uphill opportunity is included (yes, that happens for me), gives a good cardio workout as well. Plus the dog will thank you for it and it’s a great way to meet people. A win-win all around! According to my Fit Bit, (recently trialled for interest), two half hour walks will give you the recommended 10,000 steps per day for optimum fitness. That’s not so hard to achieve!
So, that’s my strategic outline for energising myself in 2016. I hope that perhaps some of these ideas can help you too. But whatever your goals and ambitions, good luck with your start to the year and here’s to a healthy 2016 for all!