Michele Connolly
Michele Connolly Michele Connolly is an introvert, overthinker, sharer of micro-epiphanies, minimalist, embracer of personal weirdness, and writer of comedic how-to books. She has a Bachelor of Psychology, has written a thesis on happiness and personality, and is the author of 'How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate'. You can find her at micheleconnolly.com/

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3 Ways To Be Healthier At Work

September 7, 2012 | Michele Connolly

Business is not much fun when you look and feel like a physical wreck. Are you making time for your own self-care?

If you work for yourself it’s easy to get busy and overwhelmed, and neglect your health.

Here are 3 things you can do to help you stay healthy while you get down to business.

1. Keep a bottle of water on your desk

If you have to get up and get a glass water when you’re busy working, you probably won’t.

Make it easy to get your daily H20 by keeping a supply right there on your desk.

Not only will it help you stay nicely hydrated, but it can help meet your sipping need so you don’t overdo the caffeine*.

2. Schedule your appointments around your exercise program

Exercise is great. It gets you out of the (home) office, releases endorphins, clears your mind.

The problem for most businesspeople isn’t accepting that exercise is good, it’s making time for it.

You’ll be more likely to stick to your planned exercise if you enter your exercise sessions as commitments in your diary.

That way, you schedule meetings around your exercise, instead of trying to fit exercise in around everything else.

But, you say, I don’t want to tell a client I can’t meet them because I’m exercising. You don’t have to.

Say something like:

  • I already have something scheduled
  • I have a regular commitment at that time
  • I can’t make that time, but how about…

3. Take breaks

If you work for yourself then work can be like a gas that fills all the available space.

Now some people say you should have set hours and you should knock off at the same time every day.

If that suits your personality, motivation and work style, then good. You’ll naturally get your rest times at the end of each day and on weekends.

But what if you’re more of the work-whenever-you-feel-motivated school? Then you must deliberately allow yourself downtime.

If I want to work all weekend because I’m on a roll and loving the current project, then I do. But if I feel the need to take Thursday off to watch the entire series of Game of Thrones, then I do that, too.

However, if you like to work, make sure your productive times are balanced with relaxation times so you stay healthy.

Keeping water on your desk, putting exercise ‘appointments’ in your diary and taking breaks to balance your work are 3 nifty ways to manage your health.

*I’m a complete hypocrite for saying this, as I routinely overdo the caffeine. LOL

What time-out and care techniques do you use to cope with your busy schedule? Comment and share your opinions and help other women to find ways they can create some balance in their hectic schedules.