I’ve tried and failed to write blog content about work. I chalk this up to the fact that everyone’s job is extremely different; how can I give advice when I don’t know whether or not your work environment operates the same way?
For today’s post even though the subject line is about work, it’s really not about work. It’s about tips for wellness!
My week last week was manic. I was out in the suburbs working on a new audit client of ours this year, staying in a hotel out there and working with a January 18th deadline. I’ve known about this week, affectionately called ‘Hell Week’ by yours truly, for months. This gave me time to process, prepare, dread and accept what life was going to be like for those 7 days.
Going into the week I prepped the best I could. I packed early on and made a list for myself of what to stash in my bag right before the week. I cooked ALL of my meals (thanks, Whole 30!) and packed them; yep, I was that girl with three bags full of tupperware. I even planned my hair washing schedule (I know), taking extra care to blow dry it Sunday night.
I finished off the week not by feeling tired or burnt out, but actually energized and positive. How did I do it? Here are my top 5 tips:
1. Sleep is your number one priority.
ABSOLUTELY no exceptions. When I get busy, my health order of importance is sleep, then food, then movement. This works the best for me because it’s the order in which I can control my days. I might be too busy to squeeze in a workout, but I dang sure can try to get my eight hours.
It’s pretty simple. There are 24 hours in a day. Subtract the number you have to spend at work, then the number of hours of sleep. That’s what you have left for everything else: your downtime, morning and evening routines, etc.
Now sometimes this isn’t so fun. It can be pretty soul crushing to walk out of work and realize you have an hour before you should go to bed. But you do. It. Anyways. A good night of sleep is the foundation for feeling your best. In my opinion it sets up all your other healthy habits. Most people kid themselves about the number of hours of sleep they need. Do yourself a favor and make sleep a priority this week. Your body, mind and soul will thank you!
2. Say no to technology.
I’m going to ask you to put on your big kid pants and agree to something. Outside of your work day, commit to no technology.
Say whaaaa? I know. I KNOW. But let’s think about it. You are spending 12+ hours of your day staring at a computer screen. Logging onto social media and reading the news during quick breaks from your Excel sheets. Responding to your texts and changing your music station on Spotify. Do you really need more screen time during your off hours?
I’m not telling you this is a hard and fast rule. I use my phone as my alarm when I travel; I have to set it before I go to bed. But there is no reason to turn on the tv, no reason to surf the web or check your Instagram feed when you aren’t at work. I promise, you will not die from failing to see the latest tweet.
I even challenged myself last week to not put the music on in my car during my 5 minute commute from the hotel to the client and back at night. We spend our days surrounded by noise. Commit to letting in the quiet and just be.
I’ll be honest; this no technology thing can be tough. We are so conditioned to reach for our phones. I am on auto pilot to start up my car and switch on the radio. But it is such a gift to give yourself that for the few hours you have to yourself when you aren’t sleeping or working, to power down and enjoy what’s around you.