Tag Archives: healthy-living

Your Brain Craves Vacation Time

Spring is here, and summer is around the corner. During these longer days of light and warmer seasons, it is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind.

You’ve been working hard, so now is a good time to recharge your batteries. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some recreation, read a few books, get together with some friends, and just relax in general. Your brain needs the rest. Because, science. 😎

Check out this infographic from Expedia for more insights.12-reasons-why-your-brain-craves-vacation-time-700x4350

How to: Get Up and Get Going

The choices we make regarding our daily routines can define our state of mind and focus for the rest of the day. Why not get a jump-start on our day by focusing on daily rituals that will provide us with balance, improved health, focus and self-discipline.

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From the archives: What you do first thing in the morning matters

Looking back at past posts of this blog, we thought we’d share one of our more popular posts from 2012.

 

Quick. Think back to early this morning. sun

What was the first thing you did? Hit the snooze button? Check work email on your phone? Creep on facebook?

Let’s try to switch up some habits, and incorporate new, healthy ones. I’m totally guilty for grabbing my iPhone from the bedside table and checking the weather app etc. Next thing I know I’m checking email, reading the news etc. I’ve got to stop this habit as it is eating into some precious time. And really, am I better for it when I check stuff online on my phone from the comfort of my bed – when I could be doing that during my commute to the office?

I should just get up, and get started on my day in a healthy way. After all, I seemed to get by several years ago when I didn’t own a smart phone.

The choices we make regarding our daily routines can define
our state of mind and focus for the rest of the day. Why not get a jump-start on our day by focusing on morning rituals that will provide us with balance, improved health, focus and self-discipline.

They say the best way to rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.  No matter your morning routine, here are a few habits that would add benefits to your day:

meditate – reduced stress, improved job performance, improved relationships. These are just a fraction of benefits one can attain from meditation. Even if you just give yourself 1 or 2 minutes of silence and focus, that’s a start.

stretch – actively stretch in the morning to loosen muscles, increase circulation, increase balance and coordination, attain better posture and boost your mood.

smile – A study in England revels that  a warm smile can create a “halo” effect, helping us “feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated.”

hydrate – drink a tall glass of water before you eat or drink anything else. Even better, add lemon to reap the many benefits that lemon juice provides including vitamin C, aiding digestion, and fight hunger cravings

When we start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for ourselves the rest of the day.

photo: klarrej.tumblr.com

From the Archives: Healthy Company Culture makes Healthy Employees

Looking back at past posts of this blog, we thought we’d share one of our more popular posts from 2012.

Can the culture of  your company actually make you healthier?healthy salad

It turns out, it can.

I was casually speaking with a colleague recently while we were in the office kitchen, preparing our lunches. She mentioned that at her last job, everybody always went out and bought take out junk food for lunch.  Since working at McNak this past year, she has developed healthy habits by making healthy salads. It helps that we have a full kitchen to accommodate our staff. My co-workers tend to pack that fridge full of vegetables, fruit, yogurt, quinoa salads etc. We’re inspired by each other’s creations. I too, have noticed that I’m packing healthier lunches these days.

As well, this colleague of mine has also taken to running along the seawall on a few of her breaks during the week. This in turn, has inspired other co-workers to run, or practice yoga on their lunch breaks.  We are all providing each other good examples of a healthy lifestyle, and we’re all getting healthier for it.

Healthier living allows us to become more productive at work. Working better starts from living better and with the consistent improvement on one’s lifestyle provided from healthy eating and exercise, we will make the most of every minute we put to work. With physical alertness and sound emotional balance, one can easily channel concentration on the right task.

Is your culture at work literally healthy? Nothing should stop us from setting examples at our workplace, and create a culture of healthy living. We’ll all be better for it.

photo: chotda

What you do first thing in the morning matters

Quick. Think back to early this morning.

What was the first thing you did? Hit the snooze button? Check work email on your phone? Creep on facebook?

Let’s try to switch up some habits, and incorporate new, healthy ones. I’m totally guilty for grabbing my iPhone from the bedside table and checking the weather app etc. Next thing I know I’m checking email, reading the news etc. I’ve got to stop this habit as it is eating into some precious time. And really, am I better for it when I check stuff online on my phone from the comfort of my bed – when I could be doing that during my commute to the office?

I should just get up, and get started on my day in a healthy way. After all, I seemed to get by several years ago when I didn’t own a smart phone.

The choices we make regarding our daily routines can define
our state of mind and focus for the rest of the day. Why not get a jump-start on our day by focusing on morning rituals that will provide us with balance, improved health, focus and self-discipline.

They say the best way to rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.  No matter your morning routine, here are a few habits that would add benefits to your day:

meditate – reduced stress, improved job performance, improved relationships. These are just a fraction of benefits one can attain from meditation. Even if you just give yourself 1 or 2 minutes of silence and focus, that’s a start.

stretch – actively stretch in the morning to loosen muscles, increase circulation, increase balance and coordination, attain better posture and boost your mood.

smile – A study in England revels that  a warm smile can create a “halo” effect, helping us “feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated.”

hydrate – drink a tall glass of water before you eat or drink anything else. Even better, add lemon to reap the many benefits that lemon juice provides including vitamin C, aiding digestion, and fight hunger cravings

When we start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for ourselves the rest of the day.

photo: klarrej.tumblr.com