We, women of 21st century have taken it on ourselves to become role models in managing our house and work life to the levels beyond human expectations. We constantly strive to maintain balance in our multiple roles of mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, friend, colleague and many others. But while playing all these roles,
we forget to take care of our health, the way we should;
we forget to breathe, the way we should;
we forget to drink water, the way we should and list is endless…
So I decided to take care of myself not just by drinking detox water and doing yoga in morning, but by transforming my entire day routine by becoming aware of my every action.
Like all other office goers, I spend 8-10 hours in my office sitting on my desk, maniacally typing and staring the laptop, being angry on co-workers for their irresponsible behavior and missing the timelines, cursing my bosses for continued pressure and so on…. Resulting in unnecessary stress…. which became cause of many health and life styles related problems… it was time to take serious corrective actions towards my approach to my office routine. So I decided to counter each of the problem. Here, I am going to list in this article everything for your benefit…. I am sure it will help my dear readers to change their lives as well… So read on…
Here I list some tips and changes which imbibed in my routine towards a healthy and happy me:
First of all I make sure to drink water every thirty minutes. Not a glass full but few sips… I remember my Mom always used to say “do not drink water, eat water”… yes you read it right, EAT WATER. Our body derives maximum benefit of water, when we let it sit in our mouth for some time and then swallow it. It not only quenches the thirst but also calms you down and works as a de-stress mechanism… in office I need to destress myself quite often.. so I EAT WATER.
Whenever I go to restroom, I do a little ziggy…. And do facial exercises…. I try to say (without making sound) OOOOOOO, AAAAAA, EEEEEEEE, UUUUUU…. And it suddenly makes me happy.. just try this now.. look into the mirror and feel the change in your mood…. It’s an instant mood booster J.
WALK AND TALK…
Instead of using intercom for communicating with Colleagues, I walk to their cabin. This ensures that I do a bit of walk. Remember that every small step counts. When I receive a call and I know it’s going it be long, I stand up and walk within my cabin. So WALK and TALK is actually helping me. J
It’s very important to understand how long you sit and how you can utilize that sitting time. You will be surprised to know that you can also burn calories while sitting on office chair. You just need to learn some sitting exercises which will neither disrupt your office routine work nor interrupt others sitting around or near you. You can do leg rotations, leg lifts and stretching exercises while doing your routine stuff.
You read it right. We need breathing breaks. Till the time we reach adult hood, we forget how to breathe. So every two hours you need a breathing break to do few breathing exercises. It will not only destress you by calming down you but will also balance your Sympathetic and Para-sympathetic respiratory system and bring down blood pressure and anxiety levels.
Last but not the least, healthy eating habits take time to develop but are essential for the very functioning of our brain and body. I started carrying healthy snacks with me like sprouts bhel, dry fruits, roasted seeds etc. whenever I feel like munching something I grab a handful and it acts like immediate stimulant. Whenever I feel hunger pangs I turn towards fresh fruits or salads. Earlier I used to binge on tea/coffee/chips/samosa/etc etc. but now I have replaced these unhealthy options with nimbu-pani and homemade snacks.
These little changes in my routine helped me a lot and I am sure it will bring change in your life as well. As they say “change is always good”, try these tips and live fully. Stay happy and healthy. Let me know if this article helped you.
Author : Meenakshi Gupta