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January 18, 2021 / by Jennifer Lyness

2021 Healthy Choices @ Work

We’re all ready for 2021, of course, but when you’re feeling like the weight of the world is just too much, embarking on a new adventure feels more daunting than exciting. That’s why it’s important to consider a few key tips as we look to the year ahead. Simple physical health tips can support your mental health—prioritizing your well-being is essential to thriving, and you’ve totally got this.

Everyone is different, and we all have different needs, but all of our feelings are valid, and we can all take steps to overcome our struggles in the year ahead even while at work. We can  improve our mental health in 2021. Some tips are small—we won’t pretend a glass of water can cure your lifelong anxiety; these are simply small ways to make each day a bit more bearable, so you can enjoy the life you deserve. Remember keep these tips in mind for the next time you feel overwhelmed. This is your year and you deserve to make the most of it.

Get More Sleep

Depression and anxiety can definitely make a good night’s sleep feel impossible, but it’s important to catch your Zzz’s before work. Your mind and body need that time to reset, and waking up tired will only make working harder. Give yourself a set bedtime and put your phone out of reach so you won’t stay up scrolling Instagram—if your racing thoughts keep you awake, melatonin gummies or CBD might help you fall asleep faster.

Drink More Water

Your physical health really is connected to your mental health, so for the love of all things good, drink some water during your day! Health experts commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon a day. Don’t force yourself into something strict; just be kind to your body and give it the fuel it needs.

Get Some Sunshine

Vitamin D is real, y’all! (Did we mention we are from Texas?) Try to get outside each day, whether it’s a long walk before/after work, on your lunch hour or just a few minutes sitting with your iced coffee during your work break. It might seem like it wouldn’t make a huge difference, but you’d be surprised what fresh air can do for the soul.

Get Moving

No, you don’t need to hit the gym and stress about your body. Just get moving! Laying in bed all day often seems like the most tempting option when you’re struggling, but it will only make you feel worse in the long run. Do simple, quick exercises on your break, go for a long run or a short walk, or play a sport after work.

Remember you’re doing the best you can! YOU are amazing for even clicking on this blog post—that alone is proof that you are interested in positive choices. 2021 will be what you make of it, so allow yourself the best possible chance to succeed and get yourself in the headspace you deserve. We are hear for you! Contact Blakeman for workplace support.