Too busy driving to stop for fuel?
Regardless of the size of the organisation, constant 'busy-ness' is still as much of an issue now as it was in the height of the recent recession. People tell us that their work environments are such that family and personal time continue to suffer and the much sought-after work life balance remains as elusive as ever.
According to newly published research by Age UK and Bupa, over a third of office workers (35%) are too busy to take time out for health and wellbeing activities that could benefit them now and in later life.
The survey found that office-based employees spend just an hour or less on physical exercise per week, with nearly one in ten admitting (9%) they do no exercise at all. Other recreational activities that could have a positive impact on wellbeing are also being neglected, with nearly half (48%) devoting just an hour or less to them every week.
Here are some tips to help you stay tip-top:
- Stay in tune with how you are feeling - your feelings drive your attitude, your behaviour and ultimately your productivity.
- Ask for help - don't try and be superman or superwoman. We are only human. Build up a good support network and don't be afraid to ask for help. Human nature is such that we want to help others. It makes us feel good and valued.
- Stay focused on the real priorities - that means personal as well as professional priorities. Why is that the most important people to us often get the least time? That time won't ever be regained - use it wisely and don't get drawn into trivia or other people's priorities
- Eat well and take regular breaks - it is proven that this increases concentration, focus and productivity.
- Block out time for you - and don't let 'stuff' creep in and steal that precious time! It's okay to say 'no'. You're a human being, not a machine. And for goodness sake don't feel guilty about it - you deserve it!
- Do something every day that makes you feel good. And celebrate it. What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What do you find fulfilling/rewarding? Sometimes its the small stuff, like making time to read a bedtime story to your child. Or doing an activity you enjoy.
- Focus on what you have achieved - not what you haven't.
Start right now - and don't stress driving on empty, take time to refuel!
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