For many families, back-to-school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. For parents, this will bring challenges of working at home while trying to juggle children and other family concerns, or going to work every day with the added stress of finding childcare for kids who used to be in school. Either way, parenting during a pandemic can cause added stress and anxiety, which is why it's crucial to take care of yourself and your mental health by developing a self-care plan.
Getting quality sleep is especially important when it comes to stress management. Sleep keeps you healthy, mentally sharp, and able to cope with stress more effectively. Poor sleep can actually make you more susceptible to stress, weaken your immune system, increase your appetite for high-fat, high-sugar foods, and make you less likely to exercise.
When you're stressed, even the simplest of tasks can feel impossible to complete. The good news is, there are simple things you can do to feel more on top of your tasks, even when you're struggling mentally. Next time you're having trouble getting through your to-do list or daily responsibilities at work or home, try one of these techniques to get motivated.
At-home exercises that require no equipment can be a super easy and convenient way of fitting in a workout without having to hit the gym. You'll save time by not traveling or waiting for machines. You'll save money by not paying for expensive gym fees or equipment. You'll be able to workout at any time of the day, and in the privacy of your own home so there's no feeling self-conscious. And, you can go at your own pace, since there's no pressure to keep up with others around you.
Your office affects your health and happiness. Many occupations deliver stress, sedentary behavior, and unhealthy habits along with the paycheck, which can take a toll both physically and emotionally. You spend at least eight hours a day at work, so it’s important to make sure that you have a healthy office environment. Here are seven ways to make your office better for your health.