How to Stay Well in the Workplace

Many hardworking professionals often find it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as they believe they don’t have the time or energy to hit the gym, prep healthy meals, or to effectively destress.

Unfortunately, this mindset can lead to both physical and mental health issues, which can impact your personal life and career performance. If you want to safeguard your health in 2019, find out how to stay well in the workplace.

Eat Sensibly at Work

Most professionals complain it’s difficult to eat healthily, as they’re up against tight deadlines and juggling tasks each day. It might, therefore, feel easy to grab some junk food from a vending machine or indulge in the office’s calorific treats. It is, however, important to your health and happiness to exercise some self-control.

Almost everyone has time to pack a salad and fruit for lunch. Plan a healthy meal the night before, so you can grab it from your refrigerator before you head into work. The healthy lunch will provide your body with energy and fuel to make it through the working day and can prevent you from piling on the pounds.

Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

Are you guilty of drinking copious cups of coffee throughout the working day? If so, it’s time to reduce your caffeine consumption. Drinking too much coffee will not only ensure you’re wide awake at night, but it can also cause headaches, irritability or anxiety throughout the working day.

If you need a hot drink to get through the working day, opt for:

  • Decaf coffee or tea
  • A low-calorie hot chocolate
  • Herbal teas (chamomile, peppermint, green tea, etc.)
  • Hot water with lemon

Don’t Accept Work-Related Stress

While every career comes with some variety of stress, it should not cause insomnia, nausea, weight loss, or panic attacks. Believe it or not, unrealistic deadlines, constant scrutiny and/or workplace bullying are not permitted in any UK workplace.

If you have spoken to your employer about work-related stress and they do not attempt to adjust your environment, visit www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk to learn more about a work-related stress claim.

Be Hygienic

Good hygiene can help you to remain healthy at work. As a workplace can be a breeding ground for bacteria, you should keep a bottle of hand sanitiser either on your person or at your desk, which can reduce your likelihood of developing a colleague’s illness. Also, inform your manager if you notice a co-worker is unwell, which will allow them to recuperate at home while preventing an illness from circulating throughout the workplace.

Track Your Water Consumption

It’s easy to lose track of how much water you have drank throughout a busy working day. However, it’s important to monitor your consumption to ensure you drink enough to remain both active and hydrated.

If you don’t, it could lead to dehydration, which could cause feelings of sluggishness. Buy a water bottle that accurately tracks how much water you are drinking, and eat fresh fruits with a high-water content to banish both hunger pangs and dehydration.

Laura x

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5 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids See the Value of Money

Money makes the world go around, but a lot of people don’t know how to use it effectively. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of living from paycheck to paycheck, particularly if you haven’t had a full education on saving before. Fortunately, you can ensure that your children are prepared for anything by giving them an introduction to the true value of saving. Savings aren’t something that we learn about in school, which is why many of us go into life wondering how we’re supposed to make the most out of our cash. Here are 5 simple ways to give your kids the education you wish you’d had.

1.     Lead by Example

Children are like sponges, they learn by responding to the lessons that are all around them. One of the best ways to teach your children about the values of saving money is to show them that you know how to save too. Set out your own jar of cash that you can regularly put funds into in front of your kids.

Remember to tell your children what you’re saving for too. For instance, if you’re saving for a vacation at the end of the year, when you finally get to go on holiday, your kids will be able to see that your hard work paid off. You can even speak to your children about the savings that you’re putting aside for their future – for instance, when you’re saving for college.

2. Give them a Piggy Bank or Bank Account

Even the best of us have trouble saving when the only method of organising our money that we have involves storing cash under the bed. If your kids are too young to sign up for a bank account, try giving them a piggy bank where they can save their spare cash. You can even give them different boxes that they can use to separate their cash into money that they can spend, money to save, and money to donate.

When your youngsters are old enough to open a bank account, make sure that you encourage them to do so as much as possible. Tell your kids to commit to saving a certain amount in the bank each month, so that they get into a habit of splitting their money.

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3.     Try an App

You’d be surprised just how much technology is available today to help children and adults alike learn more about saving. Just as you can download an app on your phone to track your bills and payments, you can also give your child an app that they can use to plan their spending, create financial goals and track their progress with their money.

An app on a smartphone or tablet can make saving money feel like more of a game to your youngsters, and you can even give them rewards when they reach certain goals. For instance, if your child meets all of his saving goals for a month, then you can help him out by giving him an extra cash bonus to put towards the item that he’s being saving up to buy.

When your youngsters are old enough to open a bank account, make sure that you encourage them to do so as much as possible. Tell your kids to commit to saving a certain amount in the bank each month, so that they get into a habit of splitting their money.

4.     Help Them to Come up with Goals

Speaking of goals, we all achieve things much faster if we have an end target to aim for. Rather than just telling your kids that they need to save money because it will be good for their future, help them to come up with realistic long and short-term goals, then come up with timelines to help them reach those targets.

For instance, if your youngster wants to save up £30 for a new game, then you can show them that saving £5 a week would mean they had to wait 6 weeks for the game. On the other hand, if they saved £10 a week, they would only have to wait for 3 weeks. This way, your children can see how buying things now affects their ability to reach their financial goals.

5.     Talk to your Kids

Finally, one of the most important things you can do to teach your children about the value of money, is leave the lines of communication open. Make sure that your youngsters always feel comfortable coming to you and asking any questions that they might have.

While you might not want to reveal all of your financial concerns to your children, you can also get some of the older ones involved in discussions about money. For instance, if you need to change your budget to afford something new, then ask your teenagers to give you their ideas for how you can cut costs.

Laura x

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3 looks I’m loving this season

Winter is one of the hardest seasons for me when it comes to dressing up. I’m definitely not as body confident as I used to be so I’m happiest in jeans and a slouchy jumper but I’m slowly coming to terms with my mum bod and that means learning to dress in a new way.

I’m a huge fan at the moment of a midi dress and this tan polka dot wrap dress from Boohoo is an absolute gem. Paired with my Cari’s Closet chunky gilet for a bit more warmth when a coat isn’t needed, I think it’s a great outfit for an evening out.

I’m also loving prints at the moment and have recently snapped up some printed blouses including this gorgeous leopard print one from M&S which was a Christmas present from a family member. Again I think it works really well under my gilet.

Lastly I picked up this cute black jumpsuit from New Look which I had my eye on at full price so was pleased to get it in the sales for a bargain of £7. I can’t wait to wear this at some point soon as I think it’s the perfect thing for getting my confidence back.

I’m still finding my style hence why I haven’t taken photos of me actually in the clothes because I really didn’t feel confident enough to brave a camera. I’m hoping to start finding my feet again with fashion and ditch the baggy jumpers at least some of the time but this post definitely ignited a passion for shopping again.

Laura x

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