5 Fast Tips... to look after yourself!

5 Fast Tips to look after yourself
A heart attack is not good for your career.

Not only does it put your life in jeopardy - which is a fairly major consideration, but it can also have a negative impact on your career. If you're from the 'oh, but I would pull through' school of thought - think about the fact that you'll miss time at work and possibly slip back from your rung on the career ladder.

This week the findings of a British study were released that show there is a 67% increase of getting heart disease for people who work over 11 hours a day and a 45% increase for those who work 10 hours a day - versus people who work a 7-8 hour day.

Certainly food for thought.

Taking time for ourselves is essential to not only have the Utopian 'balanced life' but to look after our health and ensure we have time for all that Chick maintenance stuff that is essential to how we present ourselves to the world (hair, waxing, facials etc.)

Time out also helps us keep on top of our game. Time away from a topic, issue or environment can give us a new perspective and allow us to be more productive. The other day I took 15 minutes out to make a cup of tea and actually drink it whilst it was hot - by the time I was walking back to my desk I had prioritized what I should work on next and had thought of a new approach to an issue I was trying to resolve. Far more than I would have achieved by rushing back to start bashing the keyboard again (and letting my tea go cold, again!).

Here's 5 Fast Tips for taking time for yourself and the career benefits they may deliver:

1. Have a manicure or pedicure - you can't even text or read email on your smart phone whilst you are getting your fingernails done. A great way to get a break and others will be impressed that you are well organised enough to have the time to get your nails done.

2. Take a yoga class - or have a facial or massage - not just relaxing treats - they can help you manage the pressures and stresses of the work environment.

3. Exercise - great for stress management as above and you also get the benefits of those endorphins that kick in! (Within your health considerations of course!) For me its also the time I get to listen to music. 

4. Spend time on your hobby or something you love. You'll enjoy it, it'll give you a mental break and something interesting to talk about when you are networking. From a career perspective being 'well rounded' in your life and interests can really add to your professional reputation.  Have a look at the CEOs and senior managers in many organisations and you'll find that they are often on the boards or actively involved in artistic and sporting activities.

5. Make a cup of tea - or go for a walk to the water cooler. Take a break from what you are doing, clear your head and come back to your work with a fresh approach.

And don't work 11 hours a day!!

Thanks for the chat - I'm off to make a cup of tea.

- Karen 


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