To be at your productive best, you need a healthy mind and body.
Are you stressed and tired? Need a positive outlook and some energy? You can do this!
I am going to share my experience and some tips for you to improve your outlook and well-being.
When I started my blog, I was obsessed with it. I worked constantly, pushed myself every day, and burned the midnight oil.
My enthusiasm was running high because I was excited to learn something new and I enjoyed it.
I was no longer working at a job and since I wasn’t commuting for 3 hours a day, I added that time to my work schedule.
I justified the time and energy because after all, I could work from home. Easy right?
Eventually, it caught up with me and I had to stop and take a hard look at what I was doing to myself.
I was isolating myself from other people and became a homebody.
I wasn’t prepared to say yes when a friend called to get out and visit because I wasn’t getting myself dressed and ready every day.
I had my head buried in the computer all day, in the evening after dinner, and at night.
Moreover, I wasn’t moving. Except for household chores and errands, I was sitting in my chair.
Because I was no longer dressing for success, I didn’t realize I was gaining weight.
I ended up feeling just as stressed, tired, and miserable as I was when I was commuting to a job every day. I looked and felt just terrible.
My Tips for You to Be a More Happy & Healthy Blogger
Create a realistic schedule. A work schedule will help you stay on track with your goals.
See this article from ProBlogger 14 Bloggers Share Their Daily Blogging Routine.
Get dressed and ready to go every day. Do not work in your pajamas or stretchy pants.Opportunity doesn't make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives. -Tim Fargo Click To Tweet
Spend time with other people. Make time for a supportive friend a couple of days a week.
Get out of the house. If your friend is not available, go out for lunch anyway to be among other people.
If you can’t be with someone in person, at least speak with them on the phone. Texts and social media are not valuable substitutes for personal interaction.
Say no. You do not get more free time working from home. People expect you to reallocate your time to home, family, and their needs. If a task is not necessary and will wreck your schedule, do not feel obliged to do it.
Spend less time listening to and reading the news. I like background noise while I work and listen to upbeat music or something motivational instead.
Schedule time on social media to promote your blog and get out of there. It is at best a time-waster and at worst stressful reading everyone’s opinions. Stay off of Facebook.
Spend time outside in the sunlight to get natural Vitamin D.
Take B vitamins! I have a chronic illness and was desperate for more energy so I started taking a high potency vitamin.
Separately, I also started taking high doses of B1 (Thiamine). I took 1,500 mg per day and started feeling better in about 2 weeks.
Also, I unexpectedly lost weight! Turns out B1 is good for metabolism and mine was stuck. Another benefit is mosquitos don’t like the smell so they rarely bite me.
Read What is thiamin, or vitamin B1? at MedicalNewsToday.com.
If you decide to try B1 (Thiamine), it is easiest to take 250 mg or 500 mg tabs but they can be hard to find.
Walmart carries Sun Valley B1 250 mg ($10.81 on the website but I have paid $7 at the store). They run out quickly so stock up if you find them.
Sometimes I buy 500 mg from Amazon. I like these because they are easy to swallow: Nutricost Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 500mg, 120 Capsules ($14.95 Prime).
Exercise for 30 minutes several days per week.Happiness lies first of all in health. -George William Curtis Click To Tweet
Walking is a great exercise and it gets you out into the sunlight. A morning walk will clear your head and get your day off to a positive start.
Do some gardening. Take your frustrations out on those pesky weeds.
Take your pooch for a walk. Our dogs need to exercise too and they love it.
Get up and walk around your office or home every 20 minutes or so.
Get a Fitbit. I love mine. I can keep track of my steps, exercise, heart rate, diet, and sleep! It also doubles as a watch. Note: For Windows computers, you’ll need Windows 10 installed to sync it.
Do not burn the midnight oil. It is okay once in a while, but don’t make it a habit. It will ruin your productivity and you’ll eat more.
Get regular sleep. A sleep-deprived person is not a happy person.
If you aren’t already using a food tracking app like Fitbit, Take charge of your diet by tracking your food and calories with a free app such as MyPlate at Livestrong.
Don’t worry about what other people think. They do not understand blogging or why you are driven to do it and that is okay. What you think is what matters.
Self-Awareness Is the Key!
Know yourself and your limits. Spend time outside, with other people, take frequent breaks, watch your diet, and get some exercise.
Thank you for reading How to Be a More Happy & Healthy Blogger. Do you have some thoughts and tips to share? Leave them in a comment below. I would love to hear from you!