New Year, New You: Reach Your Career Goals with These 5 Easy Steps

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The holiday season has passed, classes are starting again, and it’s time for your everyday routine to pick back up. As you get back into your routine at Daymar, we want to help you stay energized and reach your career goals. It’s a new year and there are little ways you can commit yourself to make this year better than the last one. It’s important to stay energized physically and mentally. 

Keep reading to find out our five tips to help you make that happen:

1. Sleep Well

“Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information… [It] plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels,” stated the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

A good night’s sleep is what can help you accomplish everything else in this list. It’s a new year, and it’s time to get to bed early because sleep is important to both your mental and physical health. So, leave your “all-nighters” in 2016! 

2. Stretch it Out

After you wake up from your wonderful night of sleep, be sure to take some time to stretch. As a student, you will most likely deal with some stress throughout your education. So, it’s important to keep in mind that yoga stretches have been proven to improve your stress response. According to a Harvard Mental Health Letter, a study conducted about a group of emotionally distressed participants who practiced yoga stretches regularly for three months revealed that the participants’ depression scores improved by 50 percent, anxiety scores by 30 percent and overall well-being scores by 65 percent. 

This year, if you become stressed out as you work toward your career goals, take a few moments to stretch every night before bed or every morning when you wake up. 

3. Don’t Forget to Exercise

With a good night’s sleep and some stretching already under your belt, don’t forget to exercise. And, no, we’re not saying you have to wake up at 5 a.m. for an intense two-hour-long workout session. If that’s not for you, find an exercise routine that does work for you and your schedule; it’s meant to be something you can enjoy and look forward to. According to the Mayo Clinic, brisk walking has quite a few benefits, including:
-    Promoting a healthy weight
-    Promoting prevention of illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes
-    Strengthening of your bones and muscles
-    Improving your mood
-    Improving your balance and coordination. 

If you get a break between your courses or have a lunch hour at work, take a quick walk to get some fresh air and improve your physical health and mental health!

4. Give Your Brain a Break

If you’re working toward your career goals this year, always remember to take mental breaks. If you feel like you can’t relax enough to take some time to clear your mind, you could be hindering your ability to succeed—not helping. 

According to an article published by the Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”

The importance of mental breaks is crucial to your ability to be at your best, mentally and physically. 

5. Make Some Lists

Be realistic with yourself about what you can accomplish in a day. Write it down and complete the list. Then repeat the next day. NPR noted in an article that lists enable you to wrap your head around overwhelming tasks and can lead you to take action. If you want to reach your career goals, then a list can help along the way. 

Don’t be overwhelmed by everything you need to get done. Instead, tackle big projects one small step at a time. 

New Year, New You: Work Toward Your Career Goals at Daymar 

At Daymar, we know you can reach your career goals. As you make this new year the year you incorporate these tips into your daily life, you can stay energized and take your life and education head on! If you’re interested in getting your education started, contact us today!