One of the first things on your to-do list to get axed is probably going to the gym, your meditation class, or anything else to do with your health. It’s considered a great thing if you sacrifice a healthy lunch in order to bust out that last minute report. While focusing on your career is important, it’s not worth giving up your well-being. Fortunately, you can have both.
There are strong links between your emotional health and your bodily health, so start with tackling stress triggers. Learn how to say no when your plate is too full, and if you work in a stressful environment, take steps to change that. Over time, that stress will ultimately lead to health issues.
Here are a few tips on balancing work and health so that both take a front seat:
- Treat your workouts like your meetings
You wouldn’t skip out on a meeting with your boss just because you’re too busy with other tasks. The same should be true of your mental and physical health. Create a regimen that abides by best practices (at least 150 minutes per week of cardio and strength training), and pepper in at least one hour per week for mental health practices. Make these “meetings” just as important as your work meetings.
- Remember that it all adds up
Instead of hanging out at the water cooler, use mini breaks to take a brisk walk, practice yoga in your cubicle, or simply sit, close your eyes, and refresh. Try out Forbes recommendations for at your desk workouts, and keep in mind that you don’t need a solid 30+ minute block to get in a workout.
- Stay hydrated
Did you know that CBS recently reported the majority of Americans are dehydrated? A relatively easy goal is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day, but don’t chug it. Sip throughout the day, and start the morning with lukewarm lemon water 30 minutes before your coffee or tea. Dehydration can lead to serious health issues, and it’s easy to keep a cup at your desk (and force breaks when you start heading to the restroom more regularly).
- Maximize your peak time
Maybe you’re raring to go in the mornings or perhaps you’re a night owl. Make the most of the time you’re most alert, and either get work tasks done during that time or find a workout class that fits that time frame.