It’s not enough to put on a smart outfit. You need to have the attractive healthy glow that comes from a healthy life-style.
If you are under 30 then you probably assume you will feel this energetic forever but unfortunately that is not true! Your long-term success and personal health will be dictated by the habits that you form now.
Do you find yourself doing nothing but work and sleep? If you let yourself become obsessed, then your stress level will go up and it will interfere with your judgement. If you don’t make a change, you will lose perspective, make poor decisions, and look and feel pale and sickly. So, plan your down-time and organize your life as well as your job.
Plan to rest! Part of being organized is to come up with ways to ensure you regularly disconnect, rest, and re-charge. You love what you do, and your job can easily be a 24-hour business for seven days a week. But you can burn-out and you certainly won’t deliver your best if you are exhausted.
Plan on having a meal even a quick one. Skipping meals and trying to survive on sugar and caffeine will destroy your productivity and problem-solving skills. It also affects your waistline!
Plan to get outside and get some air and sunshine. Can you walk around the outside patios, greet some guests and catch some rays?
Eat your fruits and vegetables! It can be hard to ‘eat well’ when you are running around all day long, and working difficult hours. But try to have something fresh with each meal; or make salads in mason jars on your day off, and take a salad each day.
Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. Is water boring? Then find something that makes it palatable like adding some lemon juice.
By the way, coffee dehydrates you. I realize you might need the caffeine to get going but peppermint is a good alternative for a pick me up because Mint stimulates the brain. Plus peppermint is more pleasant than coffee breath!
Build movement into your daily routine. Park the furthest away from the building. Always use a staircase instead of an elevator. Park at the top of the parking garage and use the staircase to get up there at the end of your shift. Use the restroom on a different floor of the building and take the steps to get there.
Find a way to disconnect for as little as 20 minutes a day; leave the phone behind and go for a walk, go to the gym, listen to a motivational video, soak in the bath, or read an interesting novel. Set the timer on your phone for 20 minutes and then don’t touch that phone until it goes off. You will be amazed how long 20 minutes will feel!
Take your vacations! I promise you that your peers can take care of your players. You are not indispensable. You need to get away for a week at a time to re-charge.
As the saying goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!”