Improving Your Self-discipline

Self-discipline is an important skill that can enable you to reach personal and professional goals. Developing self-discipline is like strengthening muscles; it can be improved with practice. This skill can help make difficult tasks seem more manageable as you achieve your goals and Live Well Work Well – August 2023.

Live Well Work Well - August 2023Self-discipline is your ability to focus on a task or goal to accomplish something. Self-disciplined individuals are generally consistent, responsible, persistent and ambitious. They may have a strong work ethic and can successfully finish tasks that must be completed even when they find it difficult.

In the workplace, self-discipline can take many forms. Generally, self-disciplined workers will complete both stimulating and monotonous tasks on time. They are also likely to have a productive mindset that enables them to consistently meet goals and reach milestones.

Like any skill, self-discipline can be refined with practice, and you may only sometimes be successful. Persevering even when you fail is crucial to reaching your goals. Consider these simple habits to improve your self-discipline:

  • Start with small goals and outline a strategy or plan to achieve them.
  • Put your goals in a place where you can see them every day.
  • Remind yourself why you started on this journey if you feel discouraged.
  • Challenge your mindset to accomplish more; thought patterns often hold people back.
  • Practice prioritization and eliminate distractions or temptations that may take you off course.
  • Understand your weaknesses so you can plan ways to overcome them.
  • Hold yourself accountable—or enlist the help of others to do so.

Self-discipline allows you to remain focused on your goals and stay in control of yourself and your reactions. Building self-discipline is a journey, but talk to a licensed therapy provider if you need immediate help.

How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

Most (80%) Americans consume coffee or other caffeinated beverages daily, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although popular, caffeine is actually a drug—a stimulant. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, resulting in a feeling of alertness around an hour after being ingested.

The FDA recommends that most healthy adults should limit their caffeine intake to no more than 400 milligrams per day. The recommended amount can vary depending on personal factors, such as pregnancy status, age and heart health. While it may feel natural to reach for a caffeinated beverage first thing in the morning or during an afternoon slump, consider these alternative habits to help you feel energized without caffeine:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Prioritize quality sleep.
  • Eat a midday snack that balances protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.

If you have caffeine consumption concerns, talk to your doctor.

Live Well Work Well - August 2023

Wearable Health Care Tech & You

A recent study by data analytics firm AnalyticsIQ found that the use of wearable health care devices doubled from 2020 to 2021. Nearly half (46%) of Americans surveyed used at least one type of wearable device. Many reported frequent use, with most smartwatch users reporting daily usage. Other popular devices, such as fitness trackers and wearable monitors, were often utilized weekly.

Given their rising popularity, you may wonder if wearable technology does any good for you and your health. Such devices can monitor progress with a new exercise routine or weight loss program. They can also count steps, monitor your heart rate, count calories and track sleep. Whether you’re just starting on a healthy living journey or are well on your way, using a device may be beneficial for you.

Check out last month’s edition of Live Well Work Well – July 2023.

All of us here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!