Before you hit the snacks, check with yourself to make sure you are hungry. You not always are. Did you just get out of a difficult meeting and need something to cheer you up? Stop by a friendly colleague’s desk or call a friend. Are you frustrated with a project? Go for a short walk around the office or follow along with the Office Fitness Fixes in the below video clip. Many times by midafternoon we need a mental break more than we need a snack. So check with yourself before you try to eat your way out of a situation.
Week 4: Dinner and Sleep
Planning is the key to success, and meal planning can help you be prepared and successful all week. Meal planning and prep can be fun and relaxing once you get the hang of it; then you are relaxed and well-stocked for dinners, lunches, and snacks for the week!
Dinner Meal Prep Tips
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Everything looks better in the morning! Sleep is our body’s way of healing and rejuvenating. Why do we short change ourselves on this free luxury? Here are some tips on developing good sleep hygiene to keep you cozy and refreshed.
Week 5: Eating Out
Eating out is often looked at as a convenience and a privilege but it can be an overindulgent expense to your budget and your waistline. Here are some tips and hacks for eating out, including ways to pamper yourself and watch your waistline.
Eating Out Tips
Week 6: Stress Reduction and Mindfulness
We have been focused on the nutritional aspects of our health but we all know that if we are not mentally healthy we will not be able to maintain our health. In a busy work season stress levels rise and can lead to devastating health conditions regardless of how we eat or exercise so you need to make time for stress reduction to ensure all your efforts are not in vain.
Stress reduction should be part of your self-care plan regardless of how stressed we think we are. We all have stressors of varying degrees in our lives. But the more your pile on the harder it is to handle one more thing. Ever notice how some people can handle certain stressful situations better than others. It is due to all the other stressors that are piled on those individuals. When you are stretched thin one more thing can throw you off the deep end. We need to have a stress reduction plan in place so when the unexpected hits we can take it in stride instead of having an outburst. Here are some easy practices to incorporate into your day so you can reduce your stressors and save your fight or flight response for the true emergencies.
No Fail Stress Reducers
The smell of citrus has been associated with happiness and stress reduction. If you don’t care for eating citrus fruits why not diffuse a citrus oil in your office while you work. Or place a citrus soap in the bathroom. One easy way to work in more citrus is to squeeze some lemon into your water. The smell will be invigorating and the flavor boost will quench your thirst. Lemon water also jumpstarts your digestive system so drink some right after lunch to alleviate any bloated feeling.
“Why do oranges wear suntan lotion? Because they peel. “
Schedule a time out for yourself for whatever brings you stress relief. Often times we leave our guilty pleasures for the last thing on our list but make these a priority and schedule them. Is it your gym time, lunch with a friend, a movie, a walk in the afternoon, reading a book? What is the time when you feel most at peace? Schedule it….pull out your calendar and schedule some time, even if it is 10 mins, for you to decompress. Just having a dinner reservation on your calendar for 2 weeks out can be a stress reducer, it is having something to look forward to that allows you to work towards it.