Our guest blog this month is from Sarah Living at The Wellness Alliance:
Sounds simple I know, but if you start each day with a smile the endorphins your body produces will stay with you for the rest of the day. Why not go one step further, give the gift of a smile to someone on your way to work. Not only will it make that person feel amazing, you will benefit too. Go on, try it!
Get off the bus/train one stop early or park further away from your workplace or even better, if you live near enough, walk to work. It’s all to do with the endorphins again but also it will give your brain time to focus on the day ahead.
How many times do you stop and assess all the things you have to be grateful for in life? Today I am grateful for a beautiful blue sky and sunshine, for my health, for the music I’ve got playing, for my lovely dog walk this morning. Get the idea? When we focus on the good things in our lives on a daily basis, we become more positive and that has a huge impact on our health.
What we eat throughout the day has a huge effect on how healthy (or not) we feel. There are some foods to avoid like sugar and highly processed foods which will give you a quick rush of energy but will fade very quickly and make you feel sluggish and therefore not perform at your best. For a guide on what to eat why not follow ‘Clean Eating Alice’ on Instagram. She has excellent recipes that can be made in a rush but will also give you ideas and inspiration.
If you have a grievance with someone or something at work it’s always best to share it rather than allow resentments to build up. Just be cautious about how you broach the subject. Show kindness, try not to be too accusatory and see it from the other person’s viewpoint too. I have found that a good starter is to say: “When you do _______, it makes me feel _______”. No-one can tell you how you feel. Say your bit and if it’s appropriate, listen to what the other person has to say. If not, walk away. You will feel good for having been honest. How the other person feels is their stuff, not yours.