Monday, January 30, 2012

Healthy Habits that You Can Work into Any Job Search Schedule

Looking for a new job is both time-consuming and stressful.  Looking for a new job can also wreak havoc on your mental and physical well-being.  Luckily, big results can be achieved by making just a few small changes to your daily schedule.  Once you feel better, you will then find it easier to incorporate other healthy habits into your daily schedule, as well.

If you believe that you are too busy to workout, you had better think again!   Starting today, you can create a new lifestyle that you will be able to stick with by following just a few simple steps.
  1. Eat a good breakfast that includes fruit - Oatmeal?
  2. Add walnuts to your breakfast or salad to increase your omega-3 consumption and add sunflower seeds, almonds and hazelnuts to your meals to increase your vitamin E consumption
  3. Start/Stop your daily job search schedule at the same time every day
  4. Get quality rest - Aim for 7-8 hours per night
  5. Take breaks - Step away from your computer screen every 90 minutes
  6. Substitute water for one or more of your portions of daily caffeine intake - If you are a fan of sodas, try combining half a glass of fresh, no sugar added, fruit juice with half a glass of club soda instead. Alternatively, try drinking vegetable or tomato juice instead of fruit juice.
  7. Drink a tall glass of water 20 minutes before every meal
  8. Have ‘healthy’ snacks readily available at all times - Substitute fresh and dried fruits and berries for candies and granola bars
  9. Eat s a mid-afternoon snack - A meal replacement bar is a good choice to help you bridge the gap between lunch and dinner
  10. Think about portion control at every meal - Eat one simple meal per day that includes one portion of protein that fits into the palm of your hand
  11. Do something physical at ‘lunch’
  12. Sweating from doing something physical is good.  Do something that causes you to sweat from physical activity as often as possible.
  13. Go outside no matter what the weather - Pick walking/running to a certain location over walking/running on a treadmill.  Don’t forget your sunscreen!
  14. Laugh every day
  15. Keep a simple To Do list - Less than 5 items works best; update the list as needed
Accept and embrace the following:
  • You are capable of doing
  • You are capable of achieving
  • You ARE worth it!

What would you add to the list?

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