Tell your boss you need a break–a real one, and step away from your desk! Those of us who spend 8+ hours behind a computer 5 days a week are doing a lot of damage to our well being. Not only is it depressing to peck away at a keyboard all day, but it negatively impacts your weight, posture, and other aspects of your physical and mental health. I’ve been a big fan of my daily walks for the past 2 years, usually clocking 2 miles with a co-worker throughout most of the year (we’ve even gone when it’s freezing out!). It gives us a change to unplug from work, feel the sun on our faces, chat, and break up the day. We’d come back into the office rejuvenated and ready to preform our best–so it’s a win for our clients and our company too! If walking isn’t you thing, it’s still important to get out from behind the desk and move a bit.
I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work. What are adaptogens? They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance. Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally. They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.
I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives). With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible. I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness. It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule. Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.
Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were. I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits. Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!
We’d like to imagine that we view the world through an objective lens and can trust what we see. But researchers have found that, in fact, the way we feel tends to filter the way we interpret the world—which may be “rose-colored glasses” or a “half-empty glass” or based on other feelings of fear, surprise, or hunger. Psychologists call this “affect heuristic” and it’s a way our brains filter information to make decisions quickly, but can often overlook much that is right in front of our eyes. And for more hidden body messages, see What Happens to Your Body on an Airplane.
Check them out and let me know what was most surprising to you!
Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness. For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood. Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress. To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate. You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.
One of the biggest issues my clients discuss in therapy is a lack of comfortable, restful sleep. Granted, my clients have almost all recently gone through drug or alcohol withdrawal, it’s a problem many of us can relate to. I found a great article from Best Life: 15 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed. Take a look at these tips and see if you can make some better choices for some better zzz’s.