Here at Foundant, we value this type of balance so highly that we’ve built it into our company culture. Taking care of yourself as an individual both during and outside of work can benefit not only you, but your coworkers and loved ones as well. Part of this whole equation is figuring out what you need during the workday to function at your best. With the year still fresh and new, we thought it would be fun to share a few ways we keep ourselves feeling energized and productive.
In fact, convening in nature may even offer hope and resilience in time of crisis. According to Dr. Keith Tidball, PhD and author of Greening in the Red Zone, it fulfills a deep evolutionary need and builds resilience in humans after large-scale traumas.
“We spent thousands and thousands of years among the rest of nature, that’s how we were designed,” Tidball says. “It’s only in the last couple hundred years that we’ve become separate from it.” (Read more here: Why Going Outside is Good For Your Health, Especially Right Now)
De-Stress with Pets
Do you ever find yourself getting “hangry” (hungry to the point of being angry) at certain points throughout the day? We sure do. When we were in the office, the Client Services team had set up a communal snack table, where team members contribute different healthy (for the most part) snacks, for everyone to grab when hanger strikes.
We highly recommend keeping a stash of snacks in your home office for the sake of energy levels throughout the day! Or, for a special treat, support a local restaurant and order delivery...something we’ve all gotten extra good at while staying home.
Outside of work (and the pandemic), many of us are big fans of live music, so concerts are a common option to de-stress and have a little fun. While live concerts have been scarce, listening to songs from past performances has a special power of bringing you back to that moment. Listening to music during the day can be a great way to take a break or boost productivity. Our suggestion? An app like Spotify lets you browse pre-made playlists or build your own.
One business coach in Bozeman ran Monday Morning Huddles through the thick of the pandemic to support small business entrepreneurs. Each morning she would start the Zoom meetup with some of her favorite tunes and dance away on camera. As a holiday gift to her followers, she shared her Spotify Huddle Playlist with everyone. Talk about personal touch and a way of elevating your virtual relationships!
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There are a plethora of apps and other tools out there to help you reach your most productive mode and increase your balance between work and home life. Here are a few we’ve been enjoying lately:
- Headspace - This app offers an easy and fun way to track and improve mental health habits! It helps with the daily focus and self-discipline remote work demands!
- GoodReads - Are you a bookworm? So many of us at Foundant are! With this platform not only can you share favorite reads, but you can also find solace and relaxation in discovering more.
- Zombies, Run! - While exercise is a common goal, the motivation to do so can be hard to find. With this app, let the audio storyline of the zombie apocalypse be your incentive. Who knew physical motivation resided in the undead?
A focus on what brings you energy and refreshment can help you be your best self.
We love hearing about others’ favorite tips and tricks to keep things balanced and improve focus. We hope some of our go-to options might help inspire you!
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