It’s finally December. Trying to stay focused and productive as the holidays approach is very challenging. In fact, I bet you already know how many working days you have left until the holidays!
It also doesn’t help that food seems to surround us at work and the pressure to complete projects before the holidays only contributes to unhealthy choices. “You take care of yourself first and then you can take care of the demands that have been placed on you,” says Deborah Brown-Volkman, certified wellness coach and author of How To Feel Great At Work Every Day.
She says you will feel better at work if you focus on these simple tasks.
Make better food choices
When you are hungry resist the urge to grab something quick. “Quick doesn’t always equal nutritious,” says Brown-Volkman. “Cookies, doughnuts, candy, and other tasty treats might feel good in the moment, but you will end up feeling worse later in the day.” Pack a few veggies or unsalted nuts to curb your cravings.
Slouching in your chair all day at work will inevitably give make your back and neck ache.
“Getting active doesn’t always mean having to go to the gym. You can take a walk at lunch. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator,” suggests Brown-Volkman.
If you can’t take a walk at lunch, Brown-Volkman recommends stretching at your desk or hand delivering your inter-office mail.
“As long as you are moving, you will feel better. Your body will thank you.”
Relieve your stress level
Remember, stress hinders productivity. “Stress is a killer of energy,” says Brown-Volkman. “When you are wound up, your body feels tighter. Your shoulders are up. Your body is stiff.”
Don’t let it build. Brown-Volkman suggests taking 10 minutes to get up from your desk and walk around.
“Visit a co-worker. Take a break for lunch. Go outside and get some sun. Stress is a normal part of your workday, but it doesn’t have to get the best of you.”
Kavita Gosyne, 26, is a vibrant young journalist graduate. She writes about her transition from student to employee and the issues she faces such as office politics.