So it’s a new year and I’m sure, like everyone else, you have losing weight or getting back in the gym on your list of 2014 resolutions. The biggest mistake people can make is pushing themselves too hard too fast. You have a whole year to complete this goal and you don’t want to burn yourself out right at the beginning. Since you spend the majority of your time at work, why not start there.
Introduce some easy fitness tricks/swaps here and there throughout your work day and build on those. For example, I bought a stability ball online and go back and forth from the ball to a chair throughout the day at work. The longer I can stay on the ball the better of course, but I’m working on it little by little. You may feel funny sitting on the ball but when your co-workers catch wind of how much better your back feels, how your posture has improved, and your core has strengthened, they will be lining up to borrow it.
Another easy way to incorporate some fitness into your work day, every hour get up and take a quick lap around your office, or to the break room for some water. Try to make this break last about 10 minutes, if you don’t have anywhere to walk too, do some light stretches near your desk. Again, may look silly but when you don’t have the classic ailments of a desk worker you’ll be thanking me!
Lastly, check out this diagram for some easy and helpful chair yoga poses! Which is your favorite?
Chair Yoga for Work Fitness
It’s Friday afternoon, it’s been a long, stressful week – time to happy hour it up right? Absolutely! But there are a few things you should keep in mind when drinking 2-for 1’s with co-workers.
Loosen up and have some fun, but leave the loose lips at home. When you are trying to connect with your co-workers or just let loose and relax – you tend to open up and chat more than normal. That’s great! Just leave the work talk, any intimate/personal situations, or embarrassing facts out of the convo. You’re still getting to know these people so keep professional boundary lines in place until you can feel out the relationship. The last thing you want is to go into work Monday wondering who’s looking at you differently now, and not in a good way.
Drink but don’t DRANK. You know what we mean ladies, keep it classy. There is no quicker way to give yourself a bad name or reputation then getting “messy” when out with co-workers. Remember, while they may all be enjoying a beverage or two – these people are your professional peers or even superiors. The girl dancing on tables or worse yet, puking in the corner, is not the image you want to ingrain in their brains of you.
Ideally, you want to be the social butterfly that flits from group to group getting to know your colleagues better in a social situation without being the loud, obnoxious drunk girl or the reserved, silent judger talking to no one. Show them just how awesome you are in and out of the office.
What rules do you abide by when out with co-workers?
Hate your job? Wish you had listened to your mom and gone into a different profession?
I think it’s safe to say that we have all felt like this at some point in our careers… but you don’t have to feel that way. Things don’t often change just because of dumb luck. If you aren’t happy with your job, then you have the power to make a change for the better!
Here are a couple of suggestions for improving your work situation:
- Talk to your boss about it: Sometimes the reason you hate your job is because you aren’t being challenged or appreciated. Most managers don’t get to where they are by having unhappy employees. If you have a good manager, he or she will want to know why you’re unhappy and what they can do to change it!
- Look for other job opportunities: If you hate your job, you may just not be interested in your current line of work. Don’t forget to check openings in your current company! Another department may have an opening and would surely love to hire someone they already know and trust.
- Consider going back to school: As much as we may hate to admit, we don’t know it all at age 18. Some are lucky enough to have chosen the right career path on the first try… some aren’t. Now that you’ve had some more life experiences, you’re better equipped to choose the career path that will make you most happy. If that new career requires some extra schooling, don’t be afraid to go after it!
Just remember… this is your life! If you aren’t happy with it, it’s up to you to take the steps towards change. There’s no harm in trying… in fact, you’re more likely to regret not trying!
What did you do when you were working in a job you hated?