January 1, 2021

Learning To Take Time For Yourself

This year’s winner appears to be “the chair,” based on increased hours in front of the computer, reading emails, zoom meetings, and phone conversations. Work, lunch, and more work. After that, we spend more time on the internet or watching Netflix, and our health suffers as a result. Over the last year, I’ve observed a shift in my habits. Spending more time in the chair resulted in mild aches and pains. It was a daily battle to remind myself to get up and stretch. I used to believe that maintaining good habits while working was impossible. Those aches and pains, however, forced a change. What has worked for me?  

Standing Desk 

I now use a standing desk, which allows me to work while standing comfortably. Standing, rather than sitting, burns more calories in my opinion. Standing throughout the day has helped to reduce weight gain, due to the extra pounds gained during the pandemic. It also helped me feel better by reducing back pain, weariness, and increasing my energy levels. 

Longer Walks 

Making time to move is the best thing I’ve discovered. The largest health benefits came from taking extra steps during the day, such as walking for an extra 5-10 minutes. Working from home has pushed me to take a break because I spend so much more time in front of the computer. It’s a simple item that’s frequently overlooked. Plan a longer walk to your destination instead of using your usual route. 

Stretching Your Arms 

Stretching is a habit that can be developed. One of the most typical activities for me has been stretching my arms. If you’re short on time, you can even perform some stretches at your desk. Remember to stretch every part of your arm and wrist, and to breathe while doing so. You may discover yourself becoming more flexible and less stressed with each stretch. 

Consistent, purposeful breaks, relaxation, meditation, and movement, in my opinion, are vital. All of them have aided me in developing good habits and avoiding burnout. My friends take care of you first. 



You may not have time for an all-inclusive vacation or all of life's comforts, but that doesn't mean you can't prioritize your health. Do not let stress take hold, remember you can't pour water from an empty cup. Keep connected and take care of yourself first my friend.