5 Steps Toward Serenity

(Photo: Liz Barrett)

When you own or manage a pizzeria, it’s difficult to take time out for yourself. But when you have so many people depending on you, and many times a family at home as well, it’s important to keep an eye on your health and well being. Grabbing a slice and soda at the store and working through the day with no breaks can wreak havoc on your body. Take note of some of the steps below to bring more balance to your life.

Watch What You Eat. Make a conscious effort to rid your home pantry of products that contain excessive levels of fat, sugar and salt. Stock up on whole grains, lean proteins and lots of fruits and vegetables. Get in the habit of checking labels when you shop, and sit down and enjoy your food without outside distractions.

Drink Up. First and foremost, your beverage of choice should be water–and plenty of it. Not only is it the most pure form of hydration, but it also helps to keep skin hydrated and your body in working order. If you crave flavored beverages, seek out unsweetened ones, such as teas.

Move Your Body. It’s important to fit some movement into your daily routine. This may mean parking farther away from the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk after dinner, doing mini exercises during commercials, etc. No matter where you are, there’s always time to fit in some form of exercise. You will quickly feel the benefits with increased energy and more alertness.

Take Time to Relax. For the same reasons you need to exercise your body, you also need to relax it. We’re all under immense levels of stress on a daily basis. Without a few moments to ourselves to decompress and relax, we may snap at loved ones or staff as a release of our stress. Take time out of your week to read a book, meditate, take a walk, phone a friend, or enjoy a glass of wine on the patio.

Find Balance. It can be hard to find balance when so many bring work home with them on their cell phones nowadays. But if you’re serious about balancing your home and work life, slowly work toward giving yourself time off from work when you’re home. Spend the time away from the pizzeria with your family and friends. Say no to the things that don’t add value to your life, and treat yourself to things that give you pleasure more often. Explore the world, your relationships, and your interests.