On our journey to the top of the career chain, we often leave behind our health as demanding deadlines and increasing workloads become the norm of everyday work life. However, a fast-paced lifestyle shouldn’t come with sacrifices, you need to learn how to take care of yourself and build your career at the same time.
Ignoring your health, relationships and quality of life – with the hope of ‘fixing’ them later – isn’t an option so from today, you need to start making the right choices to adopt a balanced lifestyle. Here are three tips that work:
Prioritise and delegate: You really can’t do it all, so you need to decide what’s important, put your efforts into that and enlist help for the rest of the to-do list.
Make your morning yours: Peak performance coach Brendon Burchard says never open your email first-thing in the morning as it holds other people’s priorities. If you’ve got a long list of to-dos, block off your morning to tackle those.
Keep a box of healthy food: When we’re busy, we don’t have time to plan lunch and snacks and often reach for unhealthy choices like greasy and fried snacks, instant noodles, crisps, chocolate, and other processed goods when the hunger pangs hit. If you don’t consume the right fuel, your energy levels won’t last so keep a box of healthy options like energy bars, dry nuts, fruit, crunchy chickpeas, mini salads, etc. on your desk to reach for when you’re trapped in a pile of work. Also, plan your meals to avoid the tempting ease of takeout meals for lunch. For example, stir-frys and currys are a great choice here because you make a big pot, pop individual portions into containers and you’re set for the week.
Exercise, as and when you can: Many companies offer office gyms and yoga studios on the premises but because of busy schedules, many workers don’t take advantage of these services. But regular exercise pumps up your endorphins (your brain’s feel-good hormones) and improves your mood so it’s important to incorporate some form of it in your life. If you can’t make the gym, don’t worry, work it into your schedule. Cycle or walk to work, skip your social media fix and go for a 30-minute stroll on your lunch break or practice stretching exercises like leg circles, chair squats and knee lifts, which can all be done when you are sitting on your chair.
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