Healthy Ways to Start Search Marketing in 2008

Disclaimer: This article doesn’t and will not try to portray search as an unhealthy industry.

Being in the search marketing industry doesn’t mean we’re all sitting on our PCs all day long, reading SEO articles, analyzing client sites and making recommendations.

Of course we have to be mentally fit to tackle issues that pertain to our work, but we also have to ensure our physical health is not compromised. And so as we start 2008, let’s be mindful of having healthy bodies and sound minds.

While the following tips are essentially important to search marketing professionals, it is equally applicable to everyone else:

Choose Water
Water is the universal solvent, and 65% of our body is made up of it. Water is better than Starbucks coffee, soda, juice and so on. On social gatherings such as search conferences, wine, soda and coffee may be preferred in networking or socialization. I am sure we’re all going to drink not only water throughout the year, but let’s make water a primary choice.

Schedule Exercise
Allocate time for exercise, even if it could mean missing out on composing blog deadlines about a certain link baiting technique. After all, health should come first. If we are not healthy, we can’t think well. If we can’t think well, we can’t work. If we can’t work, we’ll miss much more time doing our work than skipping a few hours to go bicycling, hiking or visiting the gym.

Get Plenty of Sleep
Traveling for expos and conferences, changing time zones and preparing presentation slides could demand a lot of our intended bedtime. For traveling folks, drink lots of water (see #1) during flight and get plenty of sleep before flight can help minimize jet lag. We need between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. And avoid heavy meal before going to bed.

Avoid Appetizers or Desserts
Staying late night to finish a compelling SEO article is sometimes inevitable and food craving could easily take place during this time. Midnight snacks packed with calories is a tempting stimulant to aid our thinking brains. But it has its own share of downsides. Let’s just stick to our full meal instead. Quit junk food, too.

Eat Healthy
What we eat and drink and what we don’t eat and drink can definitely make a difference to our health. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day and less saturated fat can help improve your health and may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Have a balanced diet, and watch how much we eat. Sometimes it’s difficult to go away from delicious, unhealthy foods and say “It’s just today”. Let’s exercise more self discipline.

Quit Smoking
Maybe smoking keeps us awake or takes away anxiety but it’s not the only way. Health concerns associated with smoking include cancer and lung disease. Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease among those who are middle-aged. Second-hand smoke – smoke that we inhale when others smoke – also affects our health. Quit smoking, please.

Treat Ourselves Well
Health is not merely the absence of disease; it’s a lifestyle. Whether it’s getting enough sleep, relaxing after a stressful day, or enjoying a hobby, it’s important to take time to be good to ourselves. Take steps to balance work, home, and play. Let’s pay attention to your health, and make healthy living a part of our life.

We may have read or heard these tips from our friends and family. Getting rid of an old habit or starting a new one may not be the best thing to do, but with the new year coming upon us, I hope that these tips help us drive into a new beginning of healthy living while performing our search marketing tasks.

When we get sick, we might even get unwanted advice from search engines themselves.