This article was contributed by Severine Menem, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach.
Now that you have become a contractor, can you honestly say that you are happier and healthier than ever?
Here are a few starting points you may want to consider on your way to a better lifestyle.
How is your work-life balance?
Lawyers are notorious for working very long hours and having no personal life. While this may have been good for your career at the beginning, making the switch to work on a project-by-project basis is often induced by your desire to have more time for yourself. How are you doing so far? Is the situation better than in your previous full-time employment? Could you arrange your work differently to allow yourself more free time?
Do you eat better? Do you eat well?
Eating well is very difficult when you don’t have time to prepare your own food or when the choice is restricted. Has being a contractor improved the quality of your diet? Can you say that you eat better than before? Or can you now say that you eat well and healthily, that you’ve dropped the few pounds that you needed to lose naturally?
Do you exercise more?
Have you been able to spend more time exercising? This can be anything from going to the gym, signing up for a yoga class or simply walking during the day. Moving is extremely important for regulating our hormones but also keeping our musculoskeletal system at its peak performance. Always start slow and keep increasing the time, intensity or variety when it becomes too easy or you don’t see any results.
Do you wake up refreshed and ready to start the day?
Having a good night sleep will make all the difference between an average day when you get by and a day where you get everything done easily. Never underestimate the power of a good sleep routine and don’t hesitate to add more time to your night. Best tip: stop using electrical devices 2 hours before bedtime.
Was it worth it?
Do you genuinely feel happier than before? Was it worth the change or was the problem somewhere else? This may be a difficult question as there are obviously pros and cons for each situation. Sometimes reflecting on the reasons you made your choice helps you to move forward and make decisions more easily.
I do hope you are happier and healthier than ever. Life is short, so let’s make the most of it!
‘Severine Menem is a Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach that specializes in gastrointestinal health and weight management. For further information please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org’.