Many people find returning to work after the Christmas break rather stressful and this year we have more to contend with. Current pandemic restrictions across the UK have meant that many of us face long hours (safe) at home, working from the kitchen table whilst juggling childcare and the responsibilities of family life.
We’ve been here before though, not just the once, but twice. It’s the new normal that there will be a lot of people feeling out of sorts, and a bit anxious about opening the laptop and getting stuck into work again, which too often means we may be tempted to reach for the biscuit tin.
Here are some tips on how you can make it through the next few weeks without sabotaging your weight loss plan:
- Set yourself up right – Start the day by making up a raspberry jelly, that way it will be ready for you later in the day.
- Plan your meals – pick out your four meals for the day and lay them out on the counter. Are you the type of person who eats them ‘straight’ or do you like to ‘cook’ with them? Remember to have your savoury drinks ready too – they can be lovely and warming when the weather is cold and wet.
- Take regular breaks – there’s no need to be chained to your desk for the whole day. In fact, you’ll be more productive if you take regular breaks so get out for a walk – even if it is wet and cold – you will feel better for it afterwards. Remember to also make a black coffee or tea to go, and let your brain reboot and energise.
- Keep hydrated – this is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body. Drinking water will help carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder and help you concentrate during a long workday. If you are not keen on the taste of water – stock up on our water flavourings Pink Grapefruit, Sunrise Orange or Fruits of the Forest. Remember to keep track of how much water you drink.
- Join a mindfulness session – in these stressful times continuing to practice mindfulness and putting more effort into communicating with colleagues, fellow LighterLifers and family to avoid the feelings of isolation and depression is vital. Jjoin our online Facebook support group or a virtual meeting to stay connected to like-minded people.
- Sleep well – Make sure you are getting enough sleep as not sleeping well is known to weaken your immune system, cause thinking issues, and lead to weight gain as being tired can make you think you are hungry.
Although these are unsettling times, we still have control over our weight. Self-isolation and working from home doesn’t have to mark the end of the goals you’ve already set yourself, instead, this is the time to take a break from our usual routine and for us to really put our wellbeing first! And the good news is that there are no social occasions to deal with either!
Why not use this time to reshape your body, mind and lifestyle with the value of having support from your experienced Mentor. Discover everything you need from meal plans, mindfulness activities, and exercise routines that you can do in the comfort of your own home, plus, your Mentor will help you stay accountable with weekly check-ins and continued support.
Find out more about LighterLife and how it can help you achieve your goals.