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January 2011

Hopeful: 5 Suggestions To Help You Be And Live Your Best

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Mid-January is no time to get discouraged about your new year’s resolutions. Though the holidays are over, you’re back at work, and it may seem like each morning comes to soon, today I’m sharing with you a few things that I put into practice that I hope will encourage you as well. It’s good to be realistic; you’re bound to have good days and bad, but there’s something to be said about the power of positivity and hopeful thinking. Here are a few tips to help you remain positive and maintain balance during your workweek.

  1. Relax — Whether you watch a certain TV show, read a book for fun, or just engage in some quality conversation with a loved one, take time — even just thirty minutes — to slow down. In today’s world of constant connection, taking a break from technology is an important factor in a healthy lifestyle. As hard as it may be to turn your BlackBerry on silent, or to turn off Twitter, it’s crucial to do so to give your mind a break. Trust me, it will help you to be more productive when you do get back to work.
  2. Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today — I’m talking about prepping the night before for the next day. This counts for clothes, lunches, and notes. When it comes laying out clothes, at least pick out what you’re going to wear the night before. Trust me, you’ll sleep better and feel more adequately prepared for the day ahead. (The same goes for shoes; if your favourite black pumps need polishing, do it the night before.) When it comes to lunch, prepare something ahead of time. Whether you’re a fan of fruits and veggies, frozen lunches, or healthy salads, get lunch ready and packaged so in the morning you can just grab it and go. As far as your notes are concerned, if you must bring work home with you, get them in order and filed how you’ll need them for the next day.
  3. Have A Healthy Breakfast — If you’re not a morning person and find it hard to eat first thing when you wake up, take a shower first and do the majority of your getting ready before you eat. Then eat something light — granola and yogurt, a boiled egg, pre-sliced fruit, or a bowl of cereal are all great options — with a cup of coffee or juice. If you take vitamins, wait until half-way through your breakfast to take your supplement (it will aid in digestion).
  4. Exercise — Don’t be extreme, but do exercise. If you’re not a fit person by nature, start small and try taking a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood with the family pet, or take up a short-term fitness class at your local gym. Work a workout into your lifestyle and you’ll feel the difference.
  5. Keep Things In Perspective — Feeling overwhelmed at work? Be realistic. You’re only one person and you can only do so much. The work will still be there when you come back tomorrow. Things frantic at home? Make it a point to stay in at least one night a week. Enjoy the simple things, like spending time with your family and friends. It’s the best way to bring things back down to earth.


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