Work Hard, Play Hard, And Stay Healthy!

Life is busy and few us manage the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle. There’s always another email to answer and another meeting to go to. We don’t want to miss out on having fun, so we work hard and play hard too. It’s all a bit of a whirlwind. But if we’re not careful, all of this working and partying could have a negative impact on our health. Does something have to give? Or is it possible to have it all?

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  1. Sort Out Your Diet

When you’re working long hours and socializing a lot, it’s easy to slip into bad food habits. Grabbing a coffee on the way to work is not breakfast. A take-out at two a.m. is not dinner. A few simple adjustments will ensure that you eat healthily, and you may also save some money.

First things first. Eat breakfast every morning. There is a reason that it’s called the most important meal of the day.

Try to get out of the office at lunchtime, even if it’s just for a short break. If you’re in a rush, then snacks like instant porridge in cup packs for travellers are handy. Just add hot water and you’re good to go. Eat at your desk or on the way to a meeting.

Bring food from home, rather than grabbing a quick sandwich. Plan your meals for the week and try and include some healthy foods.

Between work and socializing, eat some dinner. Don’t skip this and grab a take-out later. It’s not good for you to eat so late at night. Especially if the food is laden with fat and sugar. Make your own meals in advance and freeze them.

Make sure you eat your five a day.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and it is important that we keep this topped up. We lose water through normal bodily functions. If you don’t get enough fluids each day, you are likely to feel sluggish. Your concentration will be affected, and you may be prone to headaches and other aches and pains. Your internal organs won’t be able to function at capacity, and your skin will become dry.

Cut down on the amount of caffeine you drink each day and replace it with water. Keep a bottle on your desk and sip it throughout the day.

  1. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Just because you’re socializing doesn’t mean that you need to drink alcohol. It is fine in moderation, but ensure you keep to safe limits. The liver can only process so much alcohol. If we overload it, we become prone to many serious illnesses.

Reduce your intake by having nights where you don’t drink any alcohol. Find healthy alternatives instead. On other nights, make sure you keep within your limits.

  1. Exercise

Exercising should be a part of any healthy lifestyle. When you’re busy, it’s easy to put this off. There are lots of ways you can fit exercise into a busy schedule.

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  • Get up half an hour earlier
  • Get off the bus early and walk the rest of the way
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator
  • Look out for classes you can take in your lunch break
  • Take up active hobbies like gardening

Making a few simple adjustments to your life means you can have it all. You can enjoy a busy and fulfilling career while socializing and having fun. And this needn’t be at the expense of your health.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog