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.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Here at Fitneff, we’re proud to have developed meaningful relationships with a wide variety of suppliers that are also trying to integrate more movement into the daily lives of North Americans. KidsFit is one such supplier! They design and create kinesthetic classroom furniture to help get kids moving at a younger age, and we’ve had the pleasure of working with them for quite some time now.
Late last year, we had the opportunity to help facilitate a donation of one of KidsFit’s pieces, the Fully Recumbent Junior Bike, to the Steadward Centre in Edmonton. We recently caught up with Scott Forrester, a manager at the Steadward Centre, to tell us a little bit more about the programs that they offer and how this bike will make a difference moving forward.
Given the heart-shaped theme of the Valentine's Day, we thought we’d put a healthy twist on the occasion and talk about heart health! According to the Government of Canada, 1 in 12 Canadian adults will be diagnosed with some form of heart disease - that’s pretty significant. Heart health is one of those things that we all know is important, but to actually commit to it, to actually make the lifestyle changes that are necessary is a whole other ball game. With that in mind, we’ve put together five practical tips on how to be more heart healthy, so that this Valentine’s Day your heart can be in great emotional AND physical health!
Incorporating standing desks into your classroom has been proven to have many health and learning benefits. According to a study done by the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M, standing desks can increase engagement in the classroom by up to 15 per cent. That’s pretty substantial!
Since we know the value that classroom standing desks bring, last year we added Varidesk Education’s newly designed line of Stand2Learn desks that you’ve come to know and love. This product makeover adds several new features that make classroom engagement, collaboration and health even easier than before. Check them out here!