Occasionally, in our lives, and in our careers, we meet a roadblock. We find ourselves in a downward spiral. We face writer’s block. We hit a wall. These kinds of challenges may be addressed in an afternoon, or they may take years to overcome. Whether our issue is large or small, it turns out there are steps we can take to improve our situation, and to get ourselves back on the right track.
A study was published recently that indicates that walking can have a positive affect on our emotions. The study reports that walking, not for the purpose of exercise, but simply to introduce movement into some other routine activity, can cause “increased feelings of pleasant energy.”
According to Jeffrey Miller, PhD, a co-author of the study conducted at Iowa State University, even a brief walk can prepare us to tackle tasks that may be looming. “Your feelings of engagement will very likely increase, and all those things you might have wanted to be doing should seem less imposing.”
If a brisk walk around the office can help us to get through the afternoon’s to-do list, imagine what a walk around the block could do. Even better, incorporating regular walking into our daily work routines could allow us to feel even more positive and be more productive in our work.
Talking to others can be extremely helpful when working through an issue. Of course, it is wise to be selective about who we speak with, especially in a professional setting. We must choose someone who we can trust, and who has the experience or expertise to provide input and guidance into the issue at hand. A confidant(e) or a mentor in the workplace can provide regular opportunities to talk through tough questions or a tough situation. However, an empathetic partner or trusted best friend who is willing to allow us to vent are, at times, also extremely helpful.
Take a Break
When faced with a roadblock, sitting for long periods of time to work through the issue can be counter-productive. Taking a break from the issue can allow us to create some space, think about something else for even a short period of time. When we return to our work, we can do so with a fresh perspective. Hopefully, if our time away was spent doing something fun or invigorating (versus, for example, working on our expenses) we may return to our work feeling refreshed, and with a renewed sense of promise.
So, take a break from your routine, find a way to take a walk, and talk it out with someone you trust. You may find your issue, or your wall, may not be as insurmountable as you thought.
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It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.
#SelfCareSunday has definitely become a trending sensation on Instagram in recent years, with people all over the Internet posting about spa days and special treatments come the weekend. But who says self-care has to be a massive undertaking, and who says it should happen only one day a week?
Here at Fitneff, we think self-care is important every day of the week. So, for this week’s blog we thought we would put together a weekly schedule of self-care practices that you can do to make sure you’re giving yourself what you need to be at your best. But self-care shouldn’t just be written about – it should be done! So I, your friendly Fitneff marketing coordinator, decided to put the schedule to work last week and I’ll share with you my experience with each activity.