Stop and Smell the Roses—Structure vs. Sanity
It’s Monday morning and you’re excited to have a healthy, productive start to the week. By Wednesday you’re frazzled waiting for a latte at Starbucks in a rush to get to work on time. By Friday you can’t wait for the day to end and start your weekend, almost resenting your job. It’s easy to pick up some unhealthy lifestyle patterns when you are an entrepreneur or become a little too invested in your career. There are small changes we can make to our daily routine to avoid becoming overwhelmed by work and life in general.
Since our youth we’ve been bombarded with statistics and articles explaining why having an adequate amount of sleep is crucial to our health, but how many of us are actually making it a point to get enough sleep every night? Sometimes we get caught up in our work, maybe you have some good momentum going, but it’s important to find a good stopping point. Sleep deprivation can cause many health problems associated with stress, depression, and more. The quality of your day is dependent on the night before!
Wake Up Earlier
If you feel rushed in the mornings and feel you still need more time than others in the office to start your day, you may need more time to yourself at home before heading to work. Waking up 15–30 minutes earlier than usual can make all the difference in your productivity and mood throughout the day. For me, having that extra time in the mornings to sit with myself, enjoy a cup of coffee, and allow my mind to ease into my day is sacred!
Step Away from the Computer
Computers are almost hypnotizing. I sometimes find myself typing for hours without moving from my desk, which is extremely unhealthy. Our eyes and mind need a break throughout the day, and our legs need to move! Don’t fall into the habit of sitting down for nine hours straight. Think about it—some get to work, sit down for the entire day, sit in a car to go home, and sit down at home until they go to bed. Incorporate some form of physical activity into your day, every day! It may seem unproductive to step away from your work at times, but you’ll be surprised to see how much easier ideas flow through your mind.
We study and work the majority of our lives to establish ourselves, but we sometimes lose sight of extremely important, yet simple, activities that are necessary to incorporate into our lives to maintain peace of mind, stability, and our sanity! Always remember to take some time to relax, exercise, and step away from your work. Whether it’s five minutes or an hour, taking some time to commit to your mental and physical health will make work and life more enjoyable.