The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one provides an ideal opportunity to look back at the past year and identify goals for a healthier and happier year ahead. The long-held tradition of setting resolutions for the coming year set many of us up on the path to undertaking new hobbies and life improving activities.
However, recent studies that have been undertaken have shown that only around 20% are maintained throughout the year and beyond with as many as 80% ditching their well-meant intentions by the end of January. Picking a less daunting goal may be the solution to maintaining it throughout the year. So, consider adopting one of the six choices below for a great year, both personally and professionally.
Were you aware that around 60% of the human body is water? The consumption of water does more than just quench your thirst, it enables your body to function effectively, improving its circulation, boosting energy levels, fighting off illness’s and more. Always have a bottle of water with you, wherever you are, and aim to drink, on a daily basis, around 16 cups if you are a man and 12 cups if you are a woman.
The last few years have seen a steady increase in conditions such as back and neck pain. You need to make a promise to build yourself an ergonomic workspace and ensure that your screen is at the right height, your keyboard is at the right angle and that you maintain a neutral posture that will maximise energy and comfort while minimising the stress to your body. Don’t put off ask your employer for the resources to provide you with the environment that you need.
We have all had one of those days where we never seem to achieve anything due to constant interruptions. Try planning around these “digital notifications” and “in person” interruptions by blocking out sections in your calendar for dedicated work or letting your phone go to message. You may even want to invest in dual monitors to give you double the screen space, for more complex pieces of work.
The majority of Office workers spend nearly 50% of their time sitting behind a desk. Swap an inactive lifestyle for one that is centred more around regular movement. Consider using a standing desk or standing during meetings or better still a brisk lunchtime walk. The World Health Organisation has stated that eliminating physical inactivity could see a significant reduction in life threatening diseases such as cancer, heart diseases, stoke & type 2 diabetes.
One of the major issues that arose because of the onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic was the increased levels of anxiety and depression, making it more important than ever that we cared for our emotional and mental health. If you are suffering from mental health issues or are aware of someone who is, then seek assistance or encourage them to do likewise. For those of you working from home try journaling or colouring for self-expression, adopt a meditation routine or these other tips for supporting mental health.
Clutter and lack of planning and control are intrinsically linked to higher levels of stress. These things can have a negative impact on the ability of your brain to process information. Loose papers and files, old coffee cups and plates can crowd both your physical and mental space. Try these decluttering tips like clearing your desktop daily, or if there is an item you haven’t for a few weeks, consider donating it.
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