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Being a healthy freelancer

First of all, I'd like to share my impressions about yesterday's webinar on proz. I was really nervous. For some reason, teaching in Russian seemed much more of a challenge than doing the same in English. But all my fears just went away the minute the webinar started. It went very well. My Russian speaking colleagues asked great questions and I really hope my presentation helped them!

Now back to business :) Today I would like to share a little reminder with you.
It's possible to be working from home and to be healthy. We just need to remember to do at least some of the following things:

1. Exercising
If you don't know where to start, here's my favourite workout. The lady speaks Russian (with a stroooong accent though as she clearly spent no less than half of her life in the US), but you don't need to know Russian to repeat each exercise 15 times ;)

2. Eating healthy food and drinking lots of water
I know how easy it is to start living on sandwiches and strong tea or coffee, especially when you convince yourself that you don't have time for cooking a healthy meal. Here's an idea for you:

I just love his pic. Thanks to a Facebook friend for sharing it. Looks good, doesn't it? :)

3. Vitamins
Maybe if you are living somewhere where winter doesn't last from November till April you have enough local fresh fruit and vegetables, but here we don't. And the quality of vegetables and fruit being sold here in winter is really questionable. So we definitely need to take vitamins. Here's my favourite brand (this is NOT an advertisement):


4. Taking regular breaks while working
It only seems that if we don't make breaks we'll do more. In fact, if you don't make breaks you'll get tired and lose your focus, so the quality of your work may suffer. Also, your eyes will get tired and the night's sleep won't be enough, so you may gradually lose your eyesight.

5. Taking enough sleep
In Russia we have a saying "Утро вечера мудренее" (literally: "Morning is wiser than the evening". English equivalent: "An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening"). I've tried it many times and you know what? It works!

Well, hope this small reminder will help you. It's true for me, too! Since last February and March I've been taking my health much more seriously. I really don't want to wake up one day and realize that I've turned into a wreck.

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