Physical well-being is not merely the absence of disease. It includes lifestyle, behavior, and choices that ensure health, vitality, and optimal functioning of both body and mind.
Living a long and healthy life is the result of lots of small positive habits which improve the way you sleep, eat, exercise, and recover from stress. When combined, these small changes can add a whole lot to your mental and physical health.
IDEAS TO TRY:
- Try using a standing or treadmill desk.
- Hold standing or walking meetings.
- Set an alarm to remind you to stand and move every hour. User your smart phone, smart watch, or download a work break timer app.
- Instead of calling or emailing a colleague in the office, walk to see them.
- Prioritize sleep. Here are some tips.
- Recognize that what you eat impacts your mental health. Learn how to eat healthy and make it a priority.
- Offer healthy snacks around the office.
- Make a fitness challenge with a friend, colleague, and/or co-worker and hold each other accountable.
ARTICLES TO READ:
- Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time by Tony Schwartz & Catherine McCarthy
- Sleep Well, Lead Better by Christopher Barnes
- Research: Sleep Deprivation Can Make It Harder To Stay Calm At Work by Cristiano Guarana & Christopher Barnes
- Sleep-Deprived Judges Dole Out Harsher Punishments by Christopher Barnes
- Regular Exercise Is Part Of Your Job by Ron Friedman
- How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family by Russell Clayton
- What You Eat Affects Your Productivity by Ron Friedman
- What Is The Best Diet For Mental Health? By Kira M. Newman
- There’s A Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep by Nick can Dam and Els van der Helm
BOOKS TO READ:
- Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath
- Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, M.D.
- Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Dr. Matt Walker
VIDEOS TO WATCH:
Dr. Matt Walker's TED Talk shares the many good things that sleep does for your brain and body, the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t get enough sleep, and helpful tips for getting more and better sleep.
In this TED Talk, neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki discusses the science of how exercise boosts mood and memory and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases.
In this TED Talk, Dr. Neal Barnard talks about power foods for the brain.
This DVD video essay explains and simplifies the brain areas and complex neuroscientific concepts involved in addiction. It’s aimed at helping people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.
This is a documentary film about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and the powerful stigma that has kept the problem hidden.