The transition to working in an office can be difficult for a lot of post-grads. Most of us are used to having our summers off, so being inside in front of a computer most of the day is a huge change. The weather here in Michigan is just starting to turn from cloudy and chilly springtime into our typical beautiful, warm summer days. And I know that post-grads aren’t the only ones suffering from Summertime FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)! Don’t fear . . . there are plenty of ways that we can all enjoy some of this nice weather without letting it effect our jobs.
Here are some changes I made to get the most out of the summer, while still working hard in the office during the day!
Get Outside- This one may be a bit obvious, but it should be said nonetheless. If you’re able to, go outside and enjoy the sunshine! Take your lunch outside, or see if your coworkers are up to taking that meeting outdoors. If you can’t do that, take a few five-minute breaks throughout the day to go soak up some sun! Did you know that you can get your daily dose of Vitamin D by being outside for just 15-20 minutes (10 minutes if you’re fair skinned!)
Wake Up Early- Yes, yes, I know . . . waking up early is an incredibly painful and unbearable experience for some of us. However, waking up just 30 minutes earlier than usual has its benefits! When I started my first office job last summer, I decided to start pulling myself out of bed a little bit earlier in the morning to be outside. I try to get in a run or a quick bike ride.
You don’t have to do anything fancy either, just run (or walk, or bike, or rollerblade, or prancercise) away from your house for 15 minutes, then come back. Easy! This alone will give you energy to power through the rest of your day. Bonus points if you leave yourself time to enjoy a nutritious breakfast outside too!
Don’t Waste Your Evenings- Trust me, I know how tempting it is to get home from work and camp out in front of the TV the rest of the night (Law & Order SVU anyone?).
During the summer, at least here in Michigan, it’s light outside until almost 10 pm! That’s nearly 4 hours that you can spend outside when you get home. Try grilling up a nutritious dinner! Or get some yard work done. I like to take my dog for a walk after dinner when it starts to cool down. There are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the weather after work!
There’s no need to feel trapped behind your office walls. Get out there and soak up that Vitamin D!