A lot of people want to live healthy life styles, but how do they start? What do they eat? What work outs do they need to do?
Living a healthy life style is more than changing one’s diet and adopting a workout routine. A healthy life style can encompass being emotionally stable, being in a healthy work environment, and even orienting the mind towards relaxing, just to name a few.
Here at the GSLW, we believe that there are six different dimensions of health and wellness: intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, occupational and social. Based off of these six dimensions, here are six simple tips in order to start rowing the boat!
1. Establish a short morning/night physical routine: By short, I mean ten minutes does the trick. In ten minutes, you could do ten sets of ten sit ups, do a little meditation, ten leg lifts, pack yourself a healthy snack or any small exercise that focuses on the part of your body you would like to work on. Even going on a bike ride with the kids. Ten minutes out of your twenty-four hour day is totally doable! Exercise can help you be your best self!
2. Take a breather: While you are doing research, or are at your desk, taking three deep breaths helps you remember to breath and relax. We tend to forget the easiest things like breathing when caught up in accomplishing stressful tasks. Simply taking deep breathes can be one of the first steps to remain emotionally stable and productive.
3. Ask to learn something new every day: We run into people every single day we’re alive. Learning new facts from them is what makes relationships interesting. This can build bonds and networking connections that can help in the future. Also, learning is a new fact is fun!
4. Be outside- for real: It’s hard to escape technology in today’s culture. We are constantly checking our phones for new emails, notifications from friends, our to-do lists, and more, which can lead to working away from work! Avoid becoming a multitasking menace! During the walk to your car, or even to get the mail, try to refrain from using your phone or listening to music. Soak in the sun and nature’s beauty around you. This can help us spiritually to remain calm and collected.
5. Have a clean work area: In the midst of trying to accomplish so many things, we have our pens laying around, our research documents spread everywhere, and we don’t know where our stapler disappeared to. Having a clutter-free desk can help keep a clutter-free mind! The less messy it looks, the more prepared our mind feels to tackle our duties.
6. Have a coffee date every once and a while: Pursuing a professional degree requires much time and dedication, and that’s just talking about the degree! When throwing in other stuff like family and work, we become engulfed in our tasks and it becomes difficult to just sit back and socialize. Every now and then, take out some time to grab some coffee with a friend. Try not to talk about your research or your latest reading assignment, and just catch up on life! This gives us that break that we need and helps with maintaining our personal life on top of our professional life. More occupational wellness tips are explained in this blog about battling burnout.
Start with these simple tips to start working towards wellness!