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Finding the positive in that 9-5 grind can be a challenge. So many of us think of work as work, and it’s the one place we may forget to show a little kindness. Unsubscribe to the negative attitude that might make the office miserable by spreading some love!
Here are a few ways to pump up the positivity at your work today, tomorrow, and all year long:
Kind words are contagious. When you have a few minutes to spare between meetings, grab a pile of sticky notes and write uplifting affirmations on them. Need some inspiration? Play around on Pinterest! Place those little notes packed with positivity around the office—like the break room, kitchen area, conference rooms, or even at someone’s desk who you know is having a hard day.
You wouldn’t like someone talking about you behind your back, so make it a point to return the favor. When that one coworker corners you in the kitchen about someone’s outfit or who’s presentation didn’t go as planned, refrain from the drama and try changing the topic. You’ll feel better without all that negative energy.
The new guy—or girl—at the office might not have many work friends yet, so include them in your lunch plans. Whether you head out to grab your grub at the local spot, or meal prep is on the menu at the kitchen tables, your coworker will be grateful for the effort.
Did Andy from IT serve as your tech spirit guide when your laptop faded to black? Has Julie run a marathon over the weekend? Validate their hard work with a “Well done,” “Good job,” or just a solid thumbs up.
Are you running to Target after work in your coworker’s neck of the woods? Maybe you just found out someone lives in your neighborhood? If they normally take the train or bus, offer the occasional ride instead. Added bonus: you can get to know each other better on the drive! Find out something new about them—a little compassionate conversation goes a long way.
We’ve all done that frantic run to catch the elevator—meeting notes falling all over the floor, keys flying right out of your bag... it’s a stressful mess! Next time you see that person making the sprint to the elevator or door, hold it open. It’s a simple gesture, but it could turn their whole day around.
There’s nothing like an unexpected iced coffee, latte, or tea! No matter the season (or the reason), treat your desk buddy to their favorite beverage! It will be just the late-day pick-me-up they need.
The smallest act of kindness can make a big impact. Aside from making us feel good, there’s also a healthy benefit to paying it forward. Being kind produces oxytocin, or the “love hormone,” which helps to lower blood pressure and improves heart health.
When this positivity is promoted it creates an emotional bond, which—to us—sounds like a great way to connect with your coworkers.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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