Taking Care of Yourself in a Busy Career

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Our careers are our livelihood. Most of us dedicate an incredible amount of time to our studies which then go on to become our careers. However, it’s important to remember that your career isn’t everything in life and that there are equally important priorities that you should think about. For instance, you need to think about friends and family, your own health and even the future.

But if you live a busy lifestyle, it’s completely understandable. After all, you have to provide for yourself and your family in some way. Everyone makes sacrifices in life, but it’s important that you don’t go overboard and you look after yourself as well. So to give you a hand, here are a couple of helpful tips and tricks and a bit of advice to assist you in your busy career.

Remember to take breaks, even at work

Even if it’s just a couple of minutes to stretch your legs between long sessions at the computer, it’s crucial that you take regular breaks. Make sure that you aren’t working too much overtime and give yourself a bit of space during a busy work day. It’s also important to use up any work holidays you get. You don’t have to travel to someplace far like a beach, but it’s always nice to have a relaxing week off from work to recuperate and relieve some stress.

Don’t stand for bad working conditions

If you’re working in a business that doesn’t provide safety equipment, refuses to care about working conditions and are generally very hard to deal with, then don’t take no for an answer. Neglect from employees can lead to work accidents, and these can be debilitating depending on where you work. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer to make a claim is probably the last thing you want to do, but it’s important that if you do suffer an accident at work, that you make a claim. This isn’t just for your own benefit and compensation, but to make a statement to your employer so that future members of staff don’t suffer the same fate as you.

Make more time for sleep

Busy lifestyles can lead to a lack of sleep. If you find yourself dozing off during your morning commute, then it’s time to rework your schedule. It’s incredibly important to focus on looking after your own health and getting enough rest so you have the energy to do your job properly. Balancing your personal and professional life can prove challenging, but ultimately it’s required if you want to look after your health and be successful at the same time. Reduce the number of distractions in your life, make more time for sleep, and you’ll notice and immediate positive effect.

Balance your diet

A busy lifestyle often means a horrible diet due to the perceived lack of time you have to cook. While it’s true that you can’t beat the speed and convenience of fast food, that doesn’t excuse you from actually cooking meals. Here’s a tip from fitness professionals: prepare your food. On the weekend (or on your day off) cook more than just a single meal. You can cook meals for all the weekdays, keep them in boxes in the freezer, and bring them out to defrost and heat up whenever you’re hungry. It’s just as convenient as fast food, it’s healthier and it doesn’t take long to prepare.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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