Old habits die hard… #34: 2012
Recently, I have been reading about some less than healthy habits that we as library workers all perpetuate. ..or maybe it should read that I perpetuate. Not the life threatening habits like smoking or skydiving, but the common less than healthy habits that we all embrace from time to time, for example….
►Listening to music too loud…my favorite vice while writing On a + Note!!.
Solution: try sound blocking headphones so you can hear your music at a lower volume….and I have to admit it does work!!
►Snacking straight from the package at your desk defeats all attempts at portion control.
Solution: try single portion packages, they really work…and it will cut your snacking calories by 30-50%. And again another blog vice that I can attest is solved with those little snack packs.
►Yo-Yo dieting is hard on your cardiovascular system and on your family as well.
Solution: the smallest change you make in your diet will be the most sustainable..i.e.; reduce your coffee from 2 to 1 cup per day or my favorite, walk the dog 2 times per day instead of just once. Diefenbaker ( in the photo) is thrilled and I feel a lot stronger and healthier.
►Lack of sleep increases your risk of having a car accident or a heart attack.
Solution: consciously plan to relax in the hour before bed, plus turn off the television, the blue-hued light throws off the body’s natural circadian systems that encourage sleep.
►Women who sit for more than 6 hours per day have a 37% higher death rate than those who sit less than 3 hours per day.
Solution…get moving, walk customers to the newspaper section, use the stairs, start a lunch time walking club or park at the far end of the parking lot. For library workers there are lots of things we can do to avoid sitting for extended periods.
In my world, old habits die hard, but the best defence against these unhealthy situations is to re-program the cues that trigger your automatic response and be proactive in the solution. So slap on the headphones, snack wisely, avoid the diet, plan for a restful night and get moving, all things that we know, but need to apply!
Happy walking and have a swell week…..
Kitty Pope #34 October 2012