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Making significant lifestyle changes may seem like a bold move, and if you’re averse to change, it may not sound like something you even want to get into. However, when you’re a busy professional, sometimes you have to find ways to boost your mental and physical health in order to stay focused on your goals. This is when change can be beneficial.
The thing to remember is that lifestyle changes don’t have to be big ones to make a major impact. Small things, like making sure your bedroom is conducive to good sleep or creating a budget to help you save money, can go a long way. Of course, larger lifestyle changes like a big career move, switching jobs, or moving to another city can also be the shakeup you need to adjust your perspective.
Finding success in your career, personal life and relationships can help lead to fulfillment, which in turn leads to a more positive outlook. When you wake up every day feeling happy about your situation, it’s much easier to stay healthy and achieve balance.
It’s an established medical fact that stress is a killer, and it pays to keep that in mind. Whether a CEO, manager, or individual, taking steps to mitigate is simply smart business. Here’s a very informative piece detailing 8 ways to reduce stress.
Do something for others
Volunteering is an excellent way to be of service to other people and it can be an eye-opening experience. There is a certain sense of joy we get in helping another human being. Look for ways to volunteer your time in the community, whether it’s with a women’s shelter, youth group, soup kitchen or even a local nonprofit.
If you find that you truly enjoy giving your time and energy to others in need, it could be that you’ve found your calling and that a career change is in order. For many people, that means social work. Social work is a fulfilling way to help others, and there are a variety of ways to join this growing field, whether in the private or public sector. Plus, there are affordable and convenient ways to achieve your Master’s degree in this field, since there are many programs offered online. With a two to three-year commitment to receive your credentials, you could be on your way to the role of a lifetime.
Spending time outdoors can be extremely beneficial for anyone, but for busy professionals it can have a larger impact. Not only is it good for your physical health, it’s a great way to keep your mental health in check and decrease feelings of anxiety and stress. There are tons of options when it comes to outdoor activities, such as swimming, cycling, birding, hiking, and even camping. Becoming an outdoor enthusiast doesn’t take much either. For activities like hiking, birding or camping, all you need is a solid pair of boots, decent camping gear and a reliable backpack that keeps your stuff dry. Choose the right gear based on your needs and you can set yourself up to truly enjoy the wonders of nature.
Order and organization are extremely important when you live a busy life, so look for ways to keep your home and office neat and tidy. Decluttering can lead to significant improvements in your mental and physical health, as studies have shown that having lots of belongings around you can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression. Pare down the items in your closets and cabinets and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. Invest in storage solutions and organizational tools to help maintain order both at home and at work. You just might be surprised at how much lighter your feel.
Learn how to meditate
Learning how to cope with feelings of stress or anxiety no matter where you are can be extremely beneficial, especially when you have a full schedule. Being a busy professional usually means having a lot to juggle, which can become pretty overwhelming at times. If you can figure out how to focus and practice mindfulness on the spot, you’ll be better equipped to drown out all the distractions and take care of yourself. Since meditation is often used in conjunction with yoga, it might be helpful to learn a few simple poses at the same time.
Changing your lifestyle might seem like too much to handle at first, but if you start with a good plan you’ll be able to ensure your happiness no matter how much is going on in your life. In doing so, you can make sure your career and personal life are working in harmony.
Credit: Julie Morris – Life and Career Coach
We want to give a special thanks to Julie Morris for providing this piece for our website. Julie is a Life and Career Coach who thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison.
Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book. You can check out Julie’s website here: http://juliemorris.org
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