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.
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.
Considering my work as an addictions counselor intern as well as a research assistant in a university social and affective neuroscience lab I was thrilled to find this Harvard Business Review article, Why You Need to Make Your Life More Automatic. The main point of the article is “the more of our key behaviors we can put under the automatic and more efficient control of habit… the more likely we are to accomplish the things that truly matter to us,” (Schwartz, 2012).
Also, aside from it’s relevance to my work, I am in the process of doing what I would call a “life overhaul” lately; I have been trying for the past several months to revamp my agenda of healthy daily habits. 9 months ago I ended my 10 year career of cigarette smoking–which I am so proud of myself for, however I let that be a detriment to my waistline. I allowed myself to make excuses for unhealthy eating and neglecting to exercise because I was “so busy with work and school” and “quitting smoking is so hard”, but enough is enough so I’ve been working hard to re-incorporate an exercise regiment and more healthful food choices into my daily life. I’ve been doing well going to the gym for a few months now, but I’ve got a long road ahead of me. If you’re interested in learning how making healthful choices into healthful habits can change your life, check out: Why You Need to Make Your Life More Automatic – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review.