It may sound clichéd – but the start of a year really is a good time to do all those things you promised yourself you’d start doing about four months ago. We’ve compiled a list of ten things to do to help maximise your mental and physical health, as well as workplace productivity throughout the year.
- Start the day with something you enjoy.
Whether that’s going for a run, eating that breakfast you love, or having a sing in the shower (not too loudly though) – all of them release endorphins, which boost your mood and productivity for the rest of the day.
- When in work, listen to music from time to time.
Research has shown that workers who popped on their headphones improved their performance on the job – not just whilst listening, but throughout the day – by ten percent. Additionally, if you’re quiet for a bit, your co-workers might thank you as well.
- Make sure you head outside for at least thirty minutes a day when at work.
Proven to enhance your mood and release stress, stepping into the outdoors for a coffee or a walk will help you maximise your efforts on the job by tuning the senses into something different, even if only briefly.
- Spend time with a pet at least once a week.
Animals help us relax and focus our attention away from negativity – consequently helping you focus on the positive things in life. You’ll make them happy, too. Hopefully.
- Ensure you get enough sleep.
Recovery is critical to a productive day of any kind, so do your best to get however much sleep you need each night to wake up feeling refreshed. An excellent mattress, plump pillows and (relatively) fresh sheets won’t do any harm to the sleep experience either.
- Remove the obviously unnecessary from your life.
Going out of your way to abolishing what you don’t need goes a long way; whether it’s plastic bottles which have lived in your car since before you bought it, receipts, or your old house phone number, removing it helps you feel lighter up top.
- Set goals, short, medium and long term.
Setting your goals for the year, month, week and day allows you to focus your energy and output onto the areas you want to – and it’ll feel extra good when you complete them – giving the extra benefit of endorphins (them again) being released.
- Spend more time with your friends and family.
Your friends and family will always be key for your happiness and welfare, so however much time you’re spending with them – try to spend more with them in 2017. And, if you want an extra kick, give them a hug (though only if they want one).
- Find a page-turner.
When you’re engaged with a book, you have more cognitive engagement, which in turn reduces the stress hormone cortisol, dropping blood pressure and improving your mood. Try and find a good piece of fiction or non-fiction rather than a magazine if possible too, as it’ll prolong the effects.
- Stay hydrated. Well.
Drinking water and other fluids throughout the day is essential to combat dehydration and keep a healthy mind, but there’s a way to supercharge the quest for total hydration. Adding some trace minerals, such as sea salt, to your water will ensure it gets into the necessary cells – keeping your mind fresh for longer.