Every year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes World Health Day to improve global health outcomes, especially in countries where access to healthcare is lacking. In honor of World Health Day, we want to know: How do you stay healthy?
No matter what kind of work you do–if you task full time or part-time, are a parent or a student, or do any other possible combination of activities and responsibilities–you know there is a benefit to taking care of yourself. While we all fall victim to the common cold or other pesky ailments sometimes, we thought we would share some of the ways that Taskers and TaskRabbit employees maintain their physical and mental health on a daily basis to feel—and be—their best selves.
Here are some common ways that our community stays healthy:
- Drink lots of water—make sure you always have a water bottle with you on tasks. 💧
- Exercise! 🚲
- Take daily vitamins and supplements–like vitamin C, vitamin D, and tumeric. 💊
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. 🍎
- Go to bed early and get at least 8 hours of sleep. 😴
- Set aside personal time to do things that make you happy. 💚
Here are some specific ways that Taskers and TaskRabbit staff maintain their physical and mental health:
“Lots of water, and lots of trail running!”
“I take daily multivitamins, drink plenty of coconut water, and have a massage and facial membership to keep my body stretched and relaxed after being on my feet a lot. I incorporate the gym into my weekly fitness regimen. I make time every day to read, and set the mood with candles and jazz. This really allows me to fully relax and keep my chakras aligned.”
“I dance with my daughters whenever I get home early. It’s a great way to get through the ups and downs of the day, not to mention that my kids go to sleep earlier after the great workout that dancing is! Be safe, be healthy!”
“I never start my first task before 10:30am. I have really come to value getting a full night’s sleep. It helps me bring my A-game every time. Tasking keeps me pretty active, but to get my heart rate up, I hit the gym on off days. I do yoga to relax my muscles and also just bought an amazing neck massager! I keep snacks in my car so I stay fueled and hydrated between tasks. I cook healthy food at home. I also make sure to do something fun to unwind each week and carve out time to relax at home. This keeps me balanced!”
“I charge my phone outside of my bedroom at night so I’m not tempted to look at it. My phone screen turns yellow as it gets farther into the night so that the blue light does not interfere with my sleep. My favorite “tools” to get ready for bed include a weighted blanket, an essential oil diffuser, and a heat pad.”
“I go to the gym, do Vipassana meditation daily, and drink soooo much water.”
“Our cerebral culture makes us disconnected from our body, so we don’t understand our own rhythms—which makes us do unhealthy things. Make sure to honor your natural rhythms to get to feeling “right” again. However you do it, tend to yourself first!”
“I aim to be in bed by 10:00pm. I read 30-mins a day minimum. I drink lots of water and limit eating red meat. I am kind to myself and to others.”
Other, practical tips to stay safe and healthy on task?
- Embrace knee pads.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Wear a face mask when using cleaning sprays with bleach.
- Carry protective equipment like dust masks, safety glasses, and gloves.
Sounds like the TaskRabbit community does just what the doctor ordered–from eating healthily, to physical activity, to protecting precious time dedicated to unwinding each week. Kombucha cheers to our health!
Are there other ways that you stay healthy in body, mind and spirit? Comment below and perhaps you can introduce new healthy habits in others who are looking for inspiration!