Five New Year’s resolutions every professional should make

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It’s a familiar scene: a group of friends singing Auld Lang Resolutions LINKEDIN ResizedSyne before pledging to stick to reams of resolutions. But, this year, rather than promising self-improvement, why not try fine-tuning your work-life-balance?

Improving your work-life balance can have fantastic benefits; not just helping to make you more productive, but improving your physical and mental health. So, what kind of resolutions could you make this year? Why not give these a try?

1. Make time for breakfast

It’s a common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while the NHS says there is no concrete evidence to support the claim, they do agree that skipping your morning meal could be detrimental.

Refuelling when you wake up can boost your blood sugar and energise you for the day ahead. In addition, breakfast contributes to your daily calorie intake, helping you get many of the nutrients you need to function at your best.

Of course, when we’re in a rush to get out the door, it isn’t always easy to fill up on breakfast. Why not try something you can take on the commute, like overnight oats or a fruit salad with natural yoghurt?

2. Take your lunch break

Lunch breaks have become a rarity for many professionals. It’s easy to eat at your desk and continue working, but have you considered the effect this could have on your health?

Working non-stop can cause your mood to slump, especially when winter sunlight is in short supply. A lunchtime walk can prove essential during these gloomy months, and makes the most of limited access to vitamin D. What’s more, sitting for too long can impact your health.

A recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that office workers spend 75 per cent of their day sitting down. When you consider that standing up for at least three extra hours can burn around 144 calories, investing in something as simple as a lunchtime stroll could be really beneficial.

3. Leave work on time

Just like taking your lunch break, leaving the office on time can do wonders for your work-life balance. It means you could get home in time to cook a proper meal, giving your body the fuel it needs. You could have more time to spend with family and friends, or the opportunity to just relax after a long day, rather than heading straight to bed after a hasty plate of toast.

Little things like these can have a positive impact on our mood, and provide some much-needed respite from the bustling office environment.

4. Fit in some exercise

Whether it’s a lunchtime run, an effort to take the stairs or a post-work gym session, fitting some exercise into your day can be great for physical and mental health. As well as making up for the hours you spend sitting at your desk, exercise releases endorphins: hormones that lift your mood. This can mean that, if you’re prone to a midday slump, a quick jog before lunch could offer the boost you need to make it through the afternoon.

5. Ration technology

Many of us are prone to staring at phones on the commute or when we get home from work, but in 2016, why not try to ration the time you spend glued to technology? As well as straining your eyes, this could actually lower your mood, mimicking the hours we spend glued to a computer in the office. Why not read a book or a magazine on the commute, instead? Or spend time with family and friends during the evening?

Have you made any work-related New Year’s resolutions yet? Why not try some of these, and see what a difference they could make?

This article was first published on 4th January 2016. 

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