As you guys know, from time to time I work with brands and sponsors who have a message that I believe in and an assignment that really sparks my creativity.
Win and win. This time, Glam and Quaker asked me to share some of the ways I reward myself and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in the ‘smallest’ ways.
But I think the smallest BIG thing (or BIGGEST small thing) I do is I commit to a lunchtime walk. Most weeks, I’m 5-for-5. And it makes a huge difference in my attitude.
I started this tradition at a previous office. We were in cubicles, surrounded by a lot of noise and drama. And after a few hours of working at my desk, I needed to get away.
So, on a whim, I brought my sneakers and headphones to work. And I kicked off what I called, in a 2009 post, “Lunchtime Zen.”
Have salad, will travel. And no, I don’t take those self portraits anymore. Like I said, it was 2009. Times were different.
At first, I went on my own, and slyly. Nobody at my office had a problem with me taking a break, but it felt…wrong. Like I was wasting valuable work time.
But the weeks went on and I found myself really looking forward to those walks. I bought audiobooks, discovered podcasts, started listening to calming music.
And I found that my 30-45 minutes of Zen made me a happier, healthier person — in the office and out.
We’ve moved offices twice since then, but I’m still walking at lunch. Sometimes my colleagues join me; sometimes I’m alone. I stretch my legs, rest my eyes, have some “me” time and then I get back to business. Refreshed. More open to ideas.
That’s the small/big way I make sure that my health remains a priority, and it’s something I hope some of you try to work into your own schedules.
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