How can I take care of myself and eat healthier at the office when I have a busy schedule? This is hard to do; a challenge I have as well. Being prepared is the key. PLANS and PREPAREDNESS. So, 1) keep health bars, nuts and fruit at your desk. If you get absorbed in your work it is easy to grab something good for you. 2) keep water at your desk. You have to remember to drink it, but keep yourself hydrated will help you think clearer and the needed potty break will force you to step away for a minute! 3) get some fresh air. Do you know your eyes need a break from computer screens and your body needs to stretch. You will work better if you take a 10 minute break – walk outside, stretch and grab a little healthy snack. 4) have a start time and end time. In the summer people can feel more causal and get into work late and then they have to work late, it becomes a viscous cycle. Know when you have to get to work and have an end time so you can get home for some summer R & R. If you are planning to take off Fridays, what will you adjust Monday through Thursday so you can take off Fridays. Have a plan so you get your work done and have down time to take care of yourself and be healthy. I enjoy working and can get distracted with work and neglect taking care of myself. Healthy snacks that are easily accessible, water, breaks and scheduled work hours are all keys to helping to stay on track!
Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN