HEALTH: Want A Successful Career? Always Put Your Health First!

Whatever type of job you do, whether that’s working behind a computer in an office or as a teacher in a school, you need to ensure that you always put your health before your job. You’re probably thinking, hold on a minute, if I want to be successful why would I put my job after something else? Well, the fact is that when it comes to being successful at work, you need to be healthy and happy, both physically and mentally, which is why it pays to put your health first.

If you put your health on the backburner, at some point or another, it will catch up with you and will have an impact. So it’s best to put your health first from the get-go so that you know you are as healthy and happy as possible, and because of this, are able to focus properly on your work. Wondering what it takes to put your health before your career to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible? Don’t worry; you’re not alone - when it comes to keeping healthy while at work, very few of us are sure of how to go about it.

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To give you the helping hand that you need, below are some tips and ideas for making sure you are as healthy as you can be.

Take time out for yourself

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when it comes to your health is not making time for yourself. Far too many of us think that we can work and work and work and not burn out, but that’s not the case. If you want to make sure that when you’re at work, you are on form, you need to take time off each week to do things for yourself - you will feel better for it. Whether you run your own business or work for an employer, having time for yourself is so, so important. Once you’ve finished work for the day, go home and do what you want to, don’t take your work home with you. Head out for drinks with the girls, attend an exercise class, sit with a glass of wine and read a book - do whatever it is that you enjoy and don’t feel guilty for doing it.

Seek help when you’re feeling stressed

At times when you are feeling like the pressure is getting too much and begin to feel overly stressed out, it’s important to seek help. Don’t bury your head in the sand and pretend that you’re fine, when actually you are struggling to keep your head above water. If you work for an employer who offers a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing program, then make sure to take advantage of the help on offer. If you’re unsure what your employer offers in terms of taking care of their team members’ mental health, ask them. If there’s nothing in place where you work or you work for yourself, look into what’s on offer in your local area, such as counselling or stress-relieving yoga, for instance. If you ignore a problem or worry, it will only get worse. So before it starts to impact your performance at work, find a way to deal with it and reduce the pressure that you are under.

Eat well

When you’re busy at work, it’s far too easy to reach for the junk food and fizzy drinks to fuel yourself. However, eating an unhealthy diet will not only impact your physical health, but it will also have an impact on how you feel about yourself. Then there’s the fact that various studies have shown that eating processed foods can impact the brain’s ability to focus and concentrate, meaning that you will most probably find it harder to focus on the task at hand. Whereas, if you eat healthy, wholesome foods, you should not only feel better in yourself but also find concentrating on your work, much easier. If you’re stuck for healthy snack and lunch ideas, there are plenty to choose from online, many of which are quick and easy to make. From fruit salad and yogurts to homemade fruit flapjacks and chicken salad pitas, there are various recipes to choose from.

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Make time to exercise

Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are not only generally healthier than people that don’t exercise on a regular basis but also tend to find focusing when at work much easier. According to a recent study, after exercising your ability to organise things and focus on a task is improved, due to the endorphins that are rushing around your body. Then there’s the fact that the more you exercise, the more energy you tend to have, which helps to improve your focus. If you want to be able to think more clearly and come up with new ideas, you need to exercise regularly. Whether you choose to swim, cycle, run, or trampoline, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you are being active on a regular basis. Physical activity not only keeps your body healthy and in good shape, but it also improves your ability to focus and helps to reduce stress and anxiety, so it’s something that’s well worth making time for.

Take breaks throughout the day

A mistake that a lot of us make when it comes to working is failing to take breaks throughout the day. Instead, we work constantly, in the hope of being able to get more work done. Although in theory working constantly seems like a good idea, it’s really not. The fact is that if you don’t take breaks throughout the day, the quality of your work will suffer as a result. That’s why it’s advised to have a break every few hours so that you have a little bit of time to clear your head and de stress from the pressures of the day. Whatever you do, don’t spend your break sat at your computer desk, get out of the office and go for a wander. Taking a short stroll is all it takes to make you feel less stressed and happier, and should also help you to be able to focus better on the task at hand.

If you want a successful career, you need to put your health first. Otherwise, at one point or another, your lack of care for your wellbeing will catch up with you and have an impact.

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