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Conlin Durbin
Conlin Durbin

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Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday

Hey friends! We all spend long hours working at the computer and thinking hard and it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself when there is so much to be done and so little time to do it. With that in mind, I wanted to share a #wellnesswednesday message here once a week!

Save your eyes with the 20/20/20 rule!

This is a common tip, but one that can be easy to forget! I know I often stare at the screen for way too long! Here's the gist: Every 20 minutes look at something 20ft away for 20 seconds. If you're like me and often get too focused to remember when 20 minutes has gone by, here are some tips:

  • Set a timer on your computer, watch, or phone to remind you to look away.
  • Find something to look at - a plant, something out the window, or someone in the office (okay, that one might be a bit creepy).
  • Get a buddy! If you find yourself not following through or dismissing the notifications for just one more minute, then consider syncing up with someone at the office. Find someone a bit away, set a notification, and smile/wave/do a little dance, when you both lock eyes.

I'll be home for Christmas (or some other reason)

No matter what your holiday plans, make a commitment to be there for it.

  • If things get stressful, as they often do around this time, take 5 minutes a few times a day to just "be". Just exist for a few minutes - think about how you are feeling, pay attention to your breathing, and take stock of your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to what you are eating. Often times around the holidays we eat just because it's what you do. Instead, pay attention to each bite - be thankful for the food, enjoy it, and actually sit down to eat.
  • Engage in gratitude. Take some time to be thankful for what you have. Appreciate where you are, how you got there and the people that helped along the way.
  • Remember to Leave Loudly!

Bonus: Spend some time doing some good. I'll be delivering toys and food to families around my hometown. It is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience during my holidays. I'd highly recommend finding some way to give back to your community this holiday!

Weekly Gif

We could all use some new gifs! Here is mine favorite for this week:

pizza tree cat

Have a great week!

Hopefully even if you don't have holiday plans or aren't celebrating anything these tips will still be helpful! We can all use a bit more mindfulness now and then!

Thanks for reading! What holiday survival tips do you have? What is your favorite new gif discovery?

Discussion (3)

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Ross Henderson

Question about the 20/20/20 rule. Don't you find that very distracting? Like I can get lost in work for quite some time and it would annoy me losing that.

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Conlin Durbin Author

I do! It's super annoying when I am trying to really focus. A lot of times I won't do it, but I try to force myself as much as possible. I think getting in the habit of doing it (something I haven't gotten great at) makes it so you can just flow back into what you were doing afterwards. I find it easiest to do when I am thinking about some implementation. I can just kind of stare off into space.

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Ben Halpern

This is great!