The word exercise comes from the Latin exercere, meaning to keep busy or at work. But what the typical adult does at work is sit in a desk chair for eight hours, plus a sitting-down commute both ways and an evening spent in front of the TV. This is a recipe for ruin. Sitting all day increases our risk for obesity and puts us at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps, tense muscles and sheer boredom.
Here’s what you can do about it.
Exercise. Did you know our physical health directly affects our mental health. But exercising does nothing but good to our physical and mental states, and while it may be hard to find the time, investing in it will definitely go a long way. Check out the below video for some daily routines;
Take mental health days when needed. If you’ve never taken one, then you probably should. Whether you decide to spend it out with your family, or to just be in bed all day with a good book and some coffee, taking mental health days is key to keeping yourself productive when you’re actually working. Always remember that we’re not machines, and taking a break for ourselves every now and then is never wrong.
Don’t forget about your breaks or lunches. It may seem like a small thing, but taking your breaks and lunches when it’s time to can actually help declutter and free your mind. This generation tends to glamorise over-working, when looking after ourselves should be our top priority.
Leave work at the office. Working even when we get home is becoming too common these days that we forget how unhealthy it is. We’re basically sacrificing time for ourselves in place of something we already did 8 hours before. So give yourself time, as well as the people around you. Good, quality work can always wait.
Delegate work responsibilities. At the end of the day, this is still all work, and there’s really no reward to taking all of the responsibilities. So do what you can and do it well, but don’t be afraid to delegate some of the work when needed. You’re in a team, after all.
Remember your a human with a spirit and soul, not a robot!