Published by: Tyler Henderson, Senior Advisor
My hope in writing this is to help provide some healthy habits that will not only help the mental and physical state of one’s personal life but are highly coordinated to the efficiency in your professional life. I wanted to provide insight on a non-financial topic that I speak with complete conviction.
We get it, it’s hard to balance life. There are many factors that allow us to fall into bad habits and not focus on maintaining consistent healthy habits. New Year’s resolutions are a great starting point to address these healthy habits but tend to fade as the year goes on with our hectic lifestyles. That’s why it’s imperative to incorporate these habits daily which will lead to them becoming a lifestyle.
There are literally hundreds of healthy habits one can adopt to better their mental and physical state, but I’m sharing 4 that are a priority in my life. These are by no means the blueprint to reducing stress, increasing brain function, operating at optimal efficiency, but they work for me!
- At least 30 minutes of exercise daily. This can be a multitude of activities (yoga, walking, biking, lifting weights, hiking,)
- Regular exercise not only helps prevent obvious health issues such as weight control, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol just to name a few BUT exercise also helps boost brainpower, sharpen memory, alleviate anxiety and depression.
- I work out in the morning before work which gives me an energy boost before my day even starts. I’m alert and functioning ready to tackle the day!
- 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night is crucial for the body and brain. It can improve concentration and productivity. Sleep also improves immune system function.
- Don’t take technology to bed with you. Browsing the internet and/or social media keeps your brain activated, making it harder to fall asleep.
- I’m not suggesting everyone cut out pizza, burgers, pasta, etc. I certainly don’t, but I do try and control my food intake during the week. Eating clean, healthy meals boosts energy levels and brain function.
- Breakfast is an easy meal to skip, as we’re rushed to get the kids to school and get out the door to work but it provides the necessary energy to start your day. It’s the most important meal of the day!
- Try and avoid eating heavy lunches; they can drag energy levels down and fatigue you as you hit the second half of your day. Overeating can lead to this “bloated” feeling as well.
- The weekend is where I might reward a productive week with a pizza, or burger, etc. You appreciate those foods when it’s finally time to indulge!
Drink more water
- Studies have suggested a basic rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
- Hydration has a major effect on energy levels as brain function (see a theme?)
- There’s a reason why we as humans can only survive 3 days without water, but 3 weeks without food; water is kind of a big deal.
I’m sure many of you reading this have incorporated some or all of these habits into your daily life which is fantastic. The benefits of each are directly correlated which each other which makes it easier to adopt into your everyday lives. On average, it takes 18 days for something to become a habit. I truly believe that living a healthier life not only benefits you personally/physically/mentally, but it directly boosts performance in your professional life. Healthy habits create energy, focus, enhanced memory, brain function; all important attributes we use everyday in the work field.
Personal health/fitness, much like personal financial planning, requires a plan that you are able to stick to in good times and in bad. It may also require a “spotter” along the way.
If you’re interested in learning more about our role as planners and accountability partners to our clients, feel free to give us a call. We’d love to partner with you to help you achieve financial peace of mind.