Are you too busy? Too busy to relax? To sleep? To take care of yourself? I loved this article from MindBodyGreen, and think you will, too!
Are poor sleeping habits affecting your work performance? Getting enough sleep may be hard to manage considering our hectic lifestyles, but just as bad as not going to bed early enough is suffering from poor quality sleep … tossing and turning, waking up every few hours, having trouble falling asleep in the first place, etc. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has been shown to negatively affect concentration, mood, energy levels, and over-all health, and this can bleed over into all aspects of your life including work and school.
Try committing to an earlier bed time for 1 month, and note the difference it makes. And, if your troubles stem more from an inability to sleep than from over-scheduling yourself, commit to getting some help from a trusted professional. Your doctor surely has some great advice for getting better sleep. Practices like yoga and meditation can also be a welcome addition to your lifestyle. Of course, don’t forget to incorporate regular massage therapy sessions into your routine! Massage has proven itself as an effective therapy for improving quality of sleep, and for reducing overall levels of stress and anxiety.
You work hard, and your body deserves the best rest it can get! Make a change today!
If you’re still not convinced you need better sleep, read more about how a lack of sleep can affect your professional life from The Wall Street Journal:
I don’t know how many of you are also in school, but this is a new year and a new semester for me. As I look ahead, managing a business, a full load of classes, and a personal life begins to feel a bit daunting. One strategy I use to keep cool is to schedule known events or projects as far ahead in advance as possible. Things may change, certainly, but having a good idea of what lies ahead lets me prepare. It also prevents me from over booking my tasks. For example, I know the week leading up to exams is going to be very hectic, so I’ll try to get as much business related tasks done before then so I have less things to worry about on those important dates. Planning ahead also gives me a chance to plan me time: I schedule my workouts like any other event in my calendar, and I also schedule time to decompress. I’ll catch up on a film I’ve been meaning to see or a book I never got around to finishing, or take some time to visit some place I haven’t been before … even if it’s just that smoothie place everyone keeps talking about. It doesn’t have to be expensive or grandiose; just something to take my mind off the ever-looming To Do List. And, of course, scheduling a massage is always an excellent option!
What’s a strategy you’re using to keep it all together this year?