Self-Care is the new mantra we all should be paying attention to. Any career that has you on the go requires behind the scenes preparation to support the stamina and focus required to make your mark.
It All Starts In Bed
Trying to hit the sheets at the same time every night and developing a nighttime ritual before bed can help your body and mind wind down in time for a high quality sleep. Recharging yourself physically and mentally is why sleep is the single most important health improvement you can incorporate into your regular routine.
Your Mother Was Right
Pack yourself healthy snacks to eat in between meetings, drinks or dinner while on the road. Make smarter choices when eating out – go for that side of salad or veggies when restaurant dining. Small changes in food choices over time will positively impact your energy levels and as a bonus, will be kinder to your waistline.
Take The Time To Listen
Practice active listening in all parts of your life, not just at work. This will improve your relationships in general and make you a better friend, parent, partner and citizen. Extra practice ‘being present’ with the people in your life, can only help take your communication skills to the next level, creating a positively reinforcing cycle of success in both your personal and professional lives.
Go Green For A Walk
A simple stroll can help you to ‘come down’ from the stress of your day and tune into the world around you. Better yet, try and walk by something green, like a field of grass, some shady trees, or rolling parkland – anywhere you might hear birds singing. Being surrounded by nature has been proven to raise spirits and quiet your mind, something every working person can benefit from.
Stop and Smell Those Roses
Few people understand the emotional capital that gets spent juggling a career and family obligations on a daily basis. Find the things that recharge your batteries and devote a few uninterrupted minutes to them every day or as often as you can. Your body and mind will thank you for it. So will your coworkers, because a happier, healthier, more focused you will definitely get noticed.