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Are Your Days Becoming Out of Whack?

By Sandy Schroeder

You may still get your work done and take care of your family, but you may sometimes feel like you are just missing the mark. Nailing that really great idea, or creating the best project, may be still out there waiting for you.

When that happens, you may need to take a closer look at your job, your health and your attitude.

Add Up the Hours at Work

Most of us try to balance work and play, but wind up doing whatever it takes to get the job done. This can mean staying in touch with the job around the clock, going in early, or staying late.  Sometimes it just works out that way, but if your 24/7 routine has become an ongoing lifestyle you may want to rethink it. It’s easy to lose your edge and your enthusiasm when you are always on deck. Start inserting a few breaks and shut down your electronics when you can. You will breathe better and probably work better, too.

Evaluate Your Health

Studies have shown working more than 55 hours a week can increase the risk of stroke by as much as 30 percent. The risk of heart disease jumps by 13 percent. Protect your health with a few simple steps. Gradually pare back work hours, start eating better, and exercise every chance you get. You may start feeling better and accomplishing more, too.

Treat Your Brain Better

Psychologists tell us nonstop work schedules can create sleeplessness, depression, and anxiety. At the same time, it may affect performance as muddled thinking or irritable behavior get in the way of normal routines.

What to do?

Rethink your sleep habits - Make the effort to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. People who rest well often think a lot better.

Get outside - exercise often - A brisk walk or a short run often clears my head completely.

Eat better - Nuts, fresh fruit and crisp green salads may become a refreshing habit. Add some green tea, sparkling water or pure juice and keep the caffeine down.

Add Some Time to Play

Deliberately setting aside time for weekend trips or dinners with friends can work to balance life. Reach out to friends and family, and make the effort to connect often. Everybody needs time to just sit and talk, enjoy a concert, or head out for a weekend camping trip. You may be surprised to find your work waited for you, and now you may feel a lot more like doing it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Richland Hills, Tex. 

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