If you’re anything like who I was, you’re pretty much a workaholic, and you’re proud of it! The chaos of daily work doesn’t bother you, it invigorates you. The hustle and bustle you have to do everyday only elevates you. The “I Can Do It” attitude will get you very far in life!
But there’s a downside to all this unabashed determination and drive, and that, my friends, is your personal health and well-being. Because while you’re so determined to get things done, there’s also a part of the situation that’s being left to the wayside, and that, mon ami, is your personal health and well-being.
If you’re someone that’s already very balanced, meaning you do yoga and meditation in the morning, shower, put make-up on, get dressed, commute to work, be a boss at your job, commute back from work, and do about 2 solid hours of self-care, then this blog post is not for you, chere.
But we were talking about those like me. The workaholics. My phone was never turned off, and I often handled clientele from across the country, so my day started typically at 6am for the east coast, and around 7 pm for my west coasters. Then I had email, internal (read: time consuming stupidity regarding meetings that never take place, decisions that never fully get implemented, and the minutia of office gossip) e-mail, that I didn’t have time to read during the day,
Listen, don’t be like me, and work insane hours, or try to multitask like cook/eat/go pee while muting yourself during these meetings that actually occur but never solve anything. What happens when you do that is you’re saying my work is more important than me, myself, and I!
Here’s some tips on how to give yourself the work/life balance you so desperately deserve during your crazy schedule:
- Apply the 50/10 rule. If you work a solid 50 minutes, give yourself 10 minutes. Drop whatever “needs” to be done, and take a look at what you would like to do this weekend. There’s a reason college course hours are 50 minutes, people. This article claims 52 minutes work, 17 minute break, but you get the point.
- If you’re going to take lunch, by goodness, please please please do not eat at your desk. That’s just wrong. Walk away from your desk, find a quiet spot in the lunch room, plate your food, and enjoy some time to savor each bite. You’ll get heartburn if you keep scarfing your food.
- On breaks, take a real break and go outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing, raining, etc. Go OUTSIDE. Just take a few minutes to breathe the fresh air. You can go out with co-workers and start walking around, tho I do find that spending some time alone is more relaxing than listening to gossip about who’s sleeping with who, who’s doing what drug (if you’re in sales, this is always a topic of conversation), or what their evil bosses did to them.
- Download mini meditations on your phone. One of my favorite is HeadSpace. It’s an app that you can download onto your phone and allows for short spurts of guided meditation. Ahhhh Zen.
My dearest hope is that you’re able to apply one of these tricks to help you love and prioritize yourself better during your day! If you have other tricks, let me know! I could always use more tricks up my sleeve.
Love you all, Miss M.
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