Now more than ever we understand the importance of physical wellness, and how it relates to mental state. Here are some ways to make sure your body stays as active as your mind.
Physical Health & Fitness
Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)
Working all day at a computer puts you at a high risk of developing RSI. Anti-RSI (Mac) and Workrave (Windows/Linux) are two programs that remind you to take occasional breaks from your keyboard.
For serious RSI problems, check out the products offered at Evoluent. They sell mice and keyboards designed to reduce stress on your arms and hands.
In addition to CPD programs, the Lawyers Assistance Program also offers lunchtime meditation sessions. Check out their Upcoming Events for details.
Finding time to attend a yoga studio is not always possible, but there are a number of online resources that can help you squeeze in some yoga during your breaks. Daily exercise is incredibly important for physical and mental health, and yoga is a low impact activity that can be done with little to no equipment.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Start your day with a power breakfast: flake oats, almonds, raisins, cinnamon, apple, fresh blueberry, and/or ground flax seeds
- Focus on nutrients, not calories: yogourt, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are the foods most associated with shedding pounds
- Get your daily dose of vitamin D: vitamin D may play a crucial role in weight loss by controlling appetite and helping fat cells become more metabolically active
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer up a number of tips and information.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has a collection of Disease Prevention and Control Guidelines that are freely available.
Living and Thriving with Disabilities or Chronic Illness
Outside of proper medical care, an important aspect when dealing with disabilities and chronic illess is a supportive community. Being able to discuss topics with people in shared situations can make an enormous difference.
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