People close to me know I am a workaholic. Not the cute, aspiring kind… the dangerous kind. Hence, the breast cancer. Yes, I am a breast cancer survivor. In October 2010 I had a lumpectomy. After that I underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy and thirty sessions of radiation.
When I was on work mode, I would forget everything else – managing stress, eating healthy meals, and exercising –everything one needs to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Basically, I was on an expressway to a danger zone. It was not a good way to live life. I learned that the hard way. Since then, my goal has been to have a work-life balanced week. I made a simple list of weekly goals to achieve that. They are as follows:
1. Wake up early for work. According to Harvard biologist Christoph Randler, “morning people” are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently.
2. Pray/meditate in the morning. Start the morning with a grateful heart. Being thankful for all your blessings kicks off a positive day ahead.
3. Eat right. Eat healthy at the right time of the day. Be mindful of portions. Find the best healthy diet that works for you. Proper diet is a relative concept, healthy diet for one person, may not be necessarily good for you. They say, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper!” It basically emphasizes the importance of a healthy balanced breakfast. So don’t skip breakfast.
4. Take multivitamins, multi-antioxidants, and Gingko Biloba. We know proper nutrition keeps you physically and mentally healthy. Seek professional advice as to what you need to take.
5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Proper hydration boosts your energy level and brain function.
6. Give solid hours of quality work. Plan the day beforehand. I make sure that I have a general idea how my day would be the moment I wake up in the morning. I have my daily To Do list, so I can maximize my productivity during my working hours.
7. Do not bring work home. I make sure that I have my “me time” to relax after a hard day’s work.
8. Exercise a minimum of one hour at least three times a week. There is an endless list of the benefits of exercise. Not only does it boost your happiness level, it also boosts your energy and improves your health as well.
9. Socialize at least twice a week. See family or friends during the week to improve your well-being. Studies show that socializing could decrease feelings of depression.
10. Spend time doing something you are passionate about or your favourite hobby. Painting gives me time to de-stress, relax and improve my creativity.
11. Sleep a minimum of six to eight hours a night. This enables your mind to take the necessary rest it needs before it starts another day.
12. Do breathing exercises. Start and end the day with a breathing exercise. Deep breathing makes you calmer and it detoxifies.
By: Emilie Nauntofte