Advice for crazed meeting professionals by work-life balance coach/trainer/speaker Andy Core
1. Better manage the transitions between your work and personal lives—These brief moments of transition between work and home (and the opposite) set the tone for the rest of the day. Consider getting up a bit earlier or taking an extra trip around the block before you land home to be in a better state of mind.
2. Be more grateful—Researchers suggest that reviewing the simple things that you are grateful for every day reduces stress and anxiety.
3. Choose your friends wisely—Focus on the most encouraging people in your life and stay away from the ones who drain your energy.
4. Carry around protein bars—You might say, “Don’t those have a lot of calories?” Maybe, but they have fewer calories than the hors d’oeuvres or chocolate fondue fountain you’re faced with when you travel, and will provide longer-lasting energy.
5. Take your vitamins—Unless you eat five fruits and veggies a day and two servings of cold-water fish a week, it’s a must.
6. Cut back on caffeine—Too much coffee early in the day is like taking out a high-interest loan against your afternoon productivity.
7. Relax before bedtime—Two hours before bed, shut down your fluid intake. One hour before bed, cool and darken your bedroom so your body gets prepared for deep sleep.
8. Do three interval exercise sessions a week—Interval training is the most efficient way to clear stress and crankiness—not to mention boost the fitness of your heart and lungs.
9. Schedule 30 minutes after lunch to outline the next day’s activities—It helps keep your mind from racing when you try to sleep that night.
10. Remove the snooze button from your alarm clock—Those last few interrupted minutes of sleep make you feel worse than if you just got up.
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