Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. Officially, it’s a day to honor working people. I’d like to suggest we take a page from the official side of the holiday to remember the value in honoring ourselves all year long. It’s too easy to get caught up in the ‘rat race’ and live for vacation week(s). So how to do this? Make sleep a priority. Research shows that seven hours of shut-eye a night is the sweet spot for most adults. Improve your nutrition. Grabbing an afternoon candy bar is not the best pick-me-up. Bring healthy snacks to work with you, such as nuts and fresh fruit. You know exercise is on the list. It helps regulate blood sugar and release stress. If you have a desk job, get up and walk a bit at regular intervals. It doesn’t have to be a hike, just stretch your legs and get the blood flowing. It helps with concentration. You also have to look outside your work environment and that means cultivating your friend connections and finding activities that are not work-related. If you’re having a tough time with work and/or home life, find support to help you work through those emotions. And don’t forget a little pampering time. It’s not about being selfish, it’s about recharging your batteries to be your best.
Benita Zahn, DPS-Bioethics
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