The struggle is real. Most of us have a very busy schedule which can create a challenge with balancing work & life. I’ve become inspired to write on the subject based on a project TheLadders is currently running. TheLadders is a comprehensive career resource dedicated to advancing professional’s careers.
For those of us in the job market today, there are some incentives to look for that may help improve the likelihood of a better work environment. Having a desk job can be taxing on the body so there are a few things that can help us in the way of our health.
One area to be on the lookout for is whats offered in the way of food. Is there an onsite cafeteria? A snack room? Are the options offered healthy ones? This is a pretty big factor as it can eliminate one less thing to prepare for in the week ahead.
Depending on the food selection, its up to you to make the right decisions based on a healthy diet. If you are already on track with your everyday diet, then this would be a no brainer. There are however, pretty tempting options that can satisfy us in the moment & we choose them without thinking the consequences, instant gratification. Moderation is key here.
If your work place doesn’t offer these options, one thing I do personally is a weeks worth of meal prep on the weekends to help eliminate those lunch time temptations such as going out to eat everyday. Not only does this help our health but it is also friendly on the budget.
Some employers offer free gym memberships. This is a great solution for staying on track with our fitness. It’s also a fun way to spend time with our co-workers & develop good relationships with them.
Even if that is not an option, do your best to fit in 3 to 5 days of a good fitness routine. In my opinion, I strive to wake up early & push play on my dvd player to get a good 30 minute in home workout. That way, I get it done & it sets the tone for the rest of my day. It’s a total confidence booster.
Some large corporations offer yet another great incentive by wearing wrist devices that calculate your movements & based on how much you move, the lower your insurance premiums become.
Despite your efforts on making healthy decisions in the workplace, it is just as important to get a good life balance on your free time. Spending time with the ones you love doing something active really builds wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
In conclusion, finding that healthy work-life balance should be high on the list of priorities. Staying on track with my health helps me with everything else. My confidence stays high when I’m on track with my health & fitness. If this is something you are challenged with, start with small steps towards making this lifestyle change. One way to do that is to “clean up” your diet. Make healthier food choices, also make an effort to get a little bit of blood flow by taking the stairs & parking far from the entrance. Staying on top of your health promotes positive energy & good mood, which in turn can benefit your actions in your work life balance. Change your philosophy towards life, make your health a non-negotiable & once you start to set into a healthy routine between work & life, everything starts to balance out just right.