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3 Keys to Staying Healthy While Working Hard

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3 Keys to Staying Healthy While Working Hard

I am probably not the best person to ask about work-life balance, because, frankly, I work all the time. I get up early, do my morning practice (a mini yoga/meditation/reflection routine that can range from five to 15 minutes long), grab breakfast and a cup of coffee (for more on the merits of that, see Coffee: A Healthy Grind?), and then go to my desk.

From there, I work like a woman possessed ó right up until I need to go work out, or I get hungry for lunch, or I feel like my brain is shutting down. Then, for a little while, I make it a point to do something fun and relaxing that doesnít involve too much thinking.

If Iím working at home, I might get the mail, or hang out laundry, or lie down on the floor and pet my dog for a little while. If Iím at the office, I might check in with my teammates, go fix a snack, or run a quick errand. While I am doing these things, I usually wind up remembering something important, or I am struck by a great idea ó generally an idea for work.

So back to work I go, and thatís pretty much the way my days proceed. On meeting-intensive days, Iím moving continuously from one conversation, update or presentation to the next. On writing- and editing-intensive days, I can look like Jack Nicholsonís character (albeit, I hope, with better hair) madly typing away in The Shining. And on days like today (when we are finishing the magazine), it can be a chaotic, shuttling dance: Mark up layouts, write my column, review illustrations ó all while fielding phone calls and remembering that I need to refill my water next time I pass the office kitchen.

For the most part, I love this. Yes, Iíve been known to work long days, but Iíve also managed to stay surprisingly healthy and happy working this way for, oh, about a decade now. So while Iím probably not the best person to ask about work-life balance, I might be a decent person to ask about how to remain relatively sane and resilient in the absence of it.


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10:49AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


10:39AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

im forwarding this to my workaholic boyfriend!

10:13AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thanks for the reminders.

1:59AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing, and I agree - a few years ago, and actually this year too, my body and mind gave up for a little while because all I was doing was going, going, going. My father died almost 9 years ago, and I decided not to take any time enough, overload on Uni subjects so I could graduate on time, and charge my way through med school - consequently I fell very very ill, and ended up twice in hospital. Something similar happened to me this year (although this time it was my mind and my emotions that were battered, and I didn't end up in hospital, but just kept getting bouts of viruses all the time), and I've finally realised that I not only need to time-manage my life better, but I must weave all the healthy habits into my working life...thanks for sharing!

8:05PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank you

5:51AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:02AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012


3:41AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

I feel it these days... too much, have to slow down, get a hobby

9:38PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

A good post. And it is true when you are doing something you believe in/ are passionate about, it gives you more energy. I am trying to listen to my body more. thanks.

7:49PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012


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Thanks for sharing :-)

Thanks so much for sharing! Great advice.


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