So I ask, what makes you get out of bed and passionately work towards a life mission, regardless of how hard it is or how much you get paid? You are going to have a lot more joy in life if you are working for a greater cause than solely for your own personal success.
1. Your Body
Exercise is good for you. You may have a desk job, but take breaks to stretch or go for a walk. I live in Portland, Oregon, so many Portlanders bike to work. If you like to bike, and can use it as a mode of transportation, it’s a great way to stay fit, save money and be kind to the environment.
I personally know how hard is to take time out of the workday, just for you. I love yoga, yet it’s a real internal battle to get me the studio. Often I get so excited about a work project that it sounds more fun that going to yoga. However I know I will always feel and work better when I stick to my practice. It’s a choice of discipline. I have to choose to do today what will make my life better later, even if I don’t always feel like it in the moment.
It may be hard to take time away from your job when you are really focused, and in the zone, but I promise, breaks will make you more efficient. Take time for you often, make the time.
2. Your Environment
You do not have to have a cool urban loft for an office to make money, yet you also don’t have to work in a smelly shoebox. Your environment is going to affect your energy, which will affect everything else. There are many easy things you can do to make your space more enjoyable, such as cleaning it. Try vacuuming, taking out the garbage, organizing your books, cleaning up paper clutter, throwing away or donating useless items, or painting a wall in your office a refreshing new color. Having healthy living items within your space will help breathe life into your work. Buy a plant (don’t forget to water it), have a small water fountain, open the windows for some fresh air. Feeling better already?
Sometimes the environmental cleansing needs to go a little deeper, like letting go of people who are toxic in your life. You know the one’s I’m talking about; always a problem, always complaining, always making things more difficult than it needs to be, and taking away more than they give. Be careful of whom you regularly surround yourself with. We tend to mimic the people who are closest to us. Choose relationships and friends who are encouraging, supportive and in-line with your life’s mission and passions.
Once you start investing in your own health, you will have more peace, appreciation and enjoy the journey of your life just that much more. The healthier you are, the better you can then fulfill your calling, and be a better, bigger impact on the world in a positive light.
Megan Roosevelt is a fun loving foodie, Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Nutrition Consultant, Media Spokesperson, Public Speaker and dynamic entrepreneur as the founder and CEO of Healthy Grocery Girl LLC. She is also a regular nutrition expert for ABC’s KATU- AM Northwest Morning Show. Twitter: @hlthygrocerygrl and Web: healthygrocerygirl.com.
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